The Spanish Embassy in Washington on Monday recognized seven U.S. schools for their contribution to strengthening the role of Spanish as the most-widely-spoken foreign language in the United States.
The awards “do not recognize just the work of the centers” but also “the projection they give to the Spanish language and culture,” Ambassador Ramon Gil-Casares said during the presentation of the prizes at a ceremony at the embassy.
In the primary schools category, first prize went to Key Elementary School in Arlington, Virginia, followed by Collinswood Language Academy in Charlotte, North Carolina, Denver Montclair International School in Denver and Clyde F. Brown School, in Millis, Massachusetts.
Also honored were Westdale Middle School in Baton Rouge, Louisiana, Burbank Middle School in Houston and Laguna Hills High School in Laguna Hills, California.
This is the second year that the Spanish Embassy has held the contest in an attempt to push for the recognition and promotion of Spanish in the United States.
In collaboration with the embassy, the competition is sponsored by Santander bank, the Comillas Foundation, the Grupo Santillana and the Cervantes Institute.
Kim Griffin, the academic director of the Comillas Foundation, emphasized the need to acknowledge the promotion of bilingualism to guarantee the “excellent quality of a future professional.”
The awards in the different categories come with $5,000 for first place, $2,500 for second place and $1,500 and $500 for third and fourth place, respectively.