Italian Language Students Pursue Excellence at Higher Levels
Posted on 11/09/2017
Group picture of Italian language students honored at Italian Embassy

The summer of 2018 holds great promise for six students from Hylton High School who will study in Italy for three weeks. An academic immersion program will give them first-hand experiences in the contemporary culture of Italy and enhance their understanding of the history of the language. The students are enrolled in Hylton’s Center for International Studies and Languages.

The students and Italian Advanced Placement (AP) teacher Claudia Deferre were honored during a prizegiving ceremony held at the Italian Embassy in Washington, DC. The students are among hundreds who took the Italian AP exam in high school. The event included a videoconference during which scholarships were awarded at Italian consulates in Boston, Miami, Los Angeles, New York, and San Francisco. PWCS Supervisor of World Languages, Carol Bass, also attended.

The following students were awarded the scholarships by Eduitalia, represented by Dr. Emmanuel Maio:    

Lea Taylor
Elizabeth Castro
Lenin Borjas
Gabriela Martinez-Merino
Jeffrey Calix
Kaley Gileau

Educational Director Maria Fusco extended the invitation to Deferre and her students on behalf of the Italian Embassy and Catherine Flumiani, the First Counselor for Consular and Social Affairs. Awards were presented by the deputy Chief of Mission, Minister Plenipotentiary, Maurizio Greganti.

“We are very proud of our Italian teachers and students, and of Mrs. Deferre’s accomplishment in having 27 AP students this year,” said Bass.

Students who pass the Italian AP exam can receive up to nine college credits. Italy is the second most popular European study abroad destination for American students.