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Staples Students Dominate Italian Contest

Four Staples High School students placed first in language exams during the National Italian High School Contest Examination, organized by the American Association of Teachers of Italian. Austin Alianiello, Mark Schwabacher and Robert DeLuca placed first on the Level 2 exams they completed, and Cristina Paluch earned first place on a Level 4 exam.

These students weren't the only Staples winners at the examination contest — 11 other Italian students placed within the Top Five rankings across all four exam levels. This is the sixth consecutive year Staples students were within the Top Five rankings.

Henry Weller, Lily Seo and Alessandro Mioli took second-place slots in their exams. Staples' third-place winners were Michelle Gurevich and Jennifer Dimitrief. Fourth-place awards went to Lauren DePinto, Ian DeMonico, Sarah Stein, Sarah Wainshal and Salvatore Latella. David Katter completed the Staples sweep with his fifth place win at Level III.

In addition to national recognition, these students received monetary prizes awarded by the American Association of Teachers of Italian.

National Honorable Mention was awarded to the following students: Ethan Mellin, Chris Mombello, Emma Moskovitz, Isabel Mann, James Manning, Eric Lombardo, Daniel Cooper, Molly Barreca, Grace Bergonzi, Brittany Berlin, Camilla Broccolo, Jonah Aelyon, Michael Findley and Andrea Stefenson.

Robert DeLuca, who placed first on a Level 2 exam, was also distinguished as the top Staples achiever with a score of 79 out of 80.

This year, more than 4,500 students from across the country participated in this examination contest.

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