Preparing Boys for Life

Seven students place at AATSP Spanish Language Expo

Seven Haverford School students earned awards at the eighth annual Oral Proficiency Expo, held on Saturday, Feb. 22 by the American Association of Teachers of Spanish and Portuguese (AATSP) – Greater Philadelphia Chapter. 

According to the AATSP website, the Expo “gives students the opportunity to display their speaking abilities in Spanish” at seven different levels. More than 100 students from 18 schools participated in this year’s event. 

Seventh graders Alex Borghese, Andrew Borden, and Liam French earned first, second, and third place in Level 01. Eighth grader Arsh Aggarwal earned first place in Level 1; ninth grader Brendan Touey earned first place in Level 2. Tenth grader Quinn Luong earned second place in Level 3, and 11th grader Amari Campbell earned second place in Level 4. 

Each level consisted of a different task performed in Spanish and judged by a panel of volunteer language teachers from local schools and universities.  Students in Levels 01 and 1 were assigned to describe an image; in Levels 2 and 3, to perform a skit; and in Levels 4, 5, and Advanced Placement, to engage with others in a debate. 

Middle School language teacher Kerry Kettering-Goens has served as the president of the Greater Philadelphia Chapter of AATSP since 2017. 

“The Expo is a great opportunity for our boys to use the language they’re learning and collaborate with students from other schools to present,” said Kettering-Goens. “It allows them to see their abilities in Spanish outside of the classroom.”