Thirty-two Italian students from Harrison High School participated in the American Association of Teachers of Italian (AATI) National contest examination. Students sit for the one-hour exam, which includes a listening comprehension section as well as highly challenging grammar and reading components. The exam evaluates competency in grammar, the ability to use language contextually and idiomatically, as well as reading and listening skills. In addition, the AATI exam evaluates the effectiveness of Italian curricula, and rewards excellence in the study of Italian.
Ten Harrison High School students earned medals of honor, and sophomore, Nicholas Colotti, won the gold medal and a $100 monetary prize from the The Società Onoraria Italica for his achievement on the level 3 exam. The AATI values the work of these students and their dedicated teachers. Approximately 5,500 students participate in the exam nationwide.
Student Medalists include: 9th Grade, Level 2 Exam; Silver Medal: Adriana Sliney, Emma Torre; 10th Grade, Level 3 Exam; Gold Medal: Nicholas Colotti; Silver Medal: Britney Venegas, Roya Azar, Isabella Medina, Gabriella Nunez; Bronze Medal: James Choi; 11th Grade, Level 4 exam: Silver Medal: Kate Brenner; Bronze Medal: Marisa Mastrogiacomo.