Three Upper Canada College students who are taking Spanish for the first time this year proved that they’re very quick learners by placing in the top five among 135 competitors in the Ontario Secondary Schools Spanish Contest.
Year 2 students Matthew Karmitz and Owen Meunier placed second and third respectively in the beginner category while IB1 student Adam Sellan finished right behind them in fourth place. The May 12 event at York University’s Glendon College campus attracted top Spanish students from 30 Ontario schools.
“This is an amazing success,” says UCC Spanish teacher Zulay Rodriguez.
“This is the third year participating in the contest. We had been also very successful in the previous years, having first place and second place and honourable fourth place in 2014. In 2015, we got third place.”
Another UCC Spanish teacher, Felipe Nilo, was the master of ceremonies for the contest. Both he and Rodriguez have been part of its organizing committee since 2014.