This years AP students are unique to the classes before them. The AP students consist of five seniors and two juniors. Last years AP students took 8th grade Spanish, they were the last class to receive this benefit. The juniors are native Spanish speakers, and the seniors skipped the second semester of Spanish 3 and the first semester of Spanish 4 to be able to take AP Spanish.
Senior Gabby Fuentes described the difficulty of skipping courses, but also explains the rewards that come along with it. “AP Spanish was overwhelming at first, and I felt like I was very unprepared, but Mrs. Anderson teaches us very well and it’s extremely rewarding to know that I’m able to succeed in this class. We also get to do fun things, like going to the zoo.”
The students could only speak in Spanish once they arrived at the zoo and even until they got back to school later that day. The trip was solely dedicated to speaking Spanish. Senior Emily Headley thought this was a challenge, but she enjoys it. “We even had to order our food at the restaurant in spanish. It was challenging at times, but we all really enjoy learning about the language.”
This trip was a great way for the students to interact and employ the Spanish language. This experience has tremendous benefits, and was overall a learning moment for everybody.
Senior Sarah Schrupp explained how this trip would benefit her in the future. “I plan on minoring in Spanish during college, and I also plan to study abroad in Spain.” These students will use the language for the rest of their lives, and are looking forward to learning more each day.