East Providence, RI ??? Several World Languages students from Saint Mary Academy ??? Bay View attained national recognition for their excellent performances on the 2017 National Portuguese Examination.

Students from Bay View earned a total of 2 gold, 6 silver and 7 bronze medals. ?????Attaining a medal or honorable mention for any student on the National Portuguese Examination is very prestigious,??? said Kevin Cessna-Buscemi, National Director of the Exams, ???because the exams are the largest of their kind in the United States with over 370 students participating in 2017.???

Students from Bay View have a long history of high achievement on this exam and were taught by Portuguese teacher Vera Gon??alves Keller

The National Portuguese Examination is administered each year in grades 6 through 12, and is sponsored by the American Association of Teachers of Spanish and Portuguese.

Students who received recognition from AATSP are:

Grade 8:

Kaitlynn Clement (Pawtucket) ??? Silver medal

Alyssa Martinez (East Providence) ??? Bronze medal

Jayla Wilson (Providence) ??? Silver medal

Grade 9:

Rachel Bettencourt (East Providence) ??? Bronze medal

Isabel Cruz (Coventry) ??? Silver medal

Olivia DaCosta (Cranston) ??? Bronze medal

Zoe Ferreira (Bristol) ??? Bronze medal

Juliana Goncalves (Rehoboth, MA) ??? Bronze medal

Gabriella Moreira (Rehoboth, MA) ??? Gold medal and placed first in the nation in her category

Chloe Raposo (East Providence) ????? Silver medal

Grade 10:

Clara Cruz (East Providence) ????? Bronze medal

Grade 11:

Amanda Bettencourt (East Providence) ??? Bronze medal

Jillian Delaney (Barrington) ????? Silver medal

Grade 12:

Isabella Colapietro (Warwick) ??? Silver medal

Mait?? Cez??rio (Pawtucket) ??? Gold medal and placed first in the nation in her category

St. Mary Academy – Bay View is an independent Catholic School for girls open to all faiths, Pre-kindergarten through Grade 12, located in East Providence, Rhode Island and sponsored by the Sisters of Mercy. In existence since 1874, Bay View endeavors to provide a quality education preparing girls and young women for the challenges of the global community. St. Mary Academy – Bay View is a college preparatory school accredited by the New England Association of Schools and Colleges.

About the Sisters of Mercy: ??The Sisters of Mercy ??? an international community of Roman Catholic women ??? dedicate their lives to God through vows of poverty, chastity, obedience and service.?? For more than 180 years, motivated by the Gospel of Jesus and inspired by the spirit of their founder, Catherine McAuley, the Sisters of Mercy have responded to the continually changing needs of the time.