New Trier Spanish students received several prizes and honors this spring after earning exceptional scores on the National Spanish Exam. Approximately 250 students took the test, most earning special recognition. In addition, New Trier students received 10 of the 30 prizes awarded by the Chicago Chapter of the American Association of Teachers of Spanish and Portuguese (AATSP) for the top 10 scores in the Chicago area for each exam category: regular, outside experience, and bilingual. The following New Trier students won prizes and have been invited to the AATSP’s Chicago area ceremony to be honored: Alexander Tamkin, Spanish 2; Dahlit Hendel, Spanish 3; Anna Murphy, Spanish 3; Evelyn No, Spanish 4; Sheridan Lichtor, Spanish 4; Victoria Rachmaninoff, Spanish 4; Nadia Mondragon, Spanish 4; Lupe de la Garza, Spanish 4; Jonathan Nazari, Spanish 5; and Shirley Roitberg, Spanish 5.
Six New Trier Chinese students participated in the Third Midwest Chinese Speech Contest April 30, facilitated by Northside College Prep High School. New Trier’s students all did an excellent job. The winners were: Bronze medalist Bomi Kim, Junior Chinese 3; Silver medalists Brian Krentz, Sophomore Chinese 2; Bob Hayes , Sophomore Chinese 2; and Sam Hine, Senior AP Chinese; and Gold medalists Osun Mau, Junior Chinese 3 and Kim Cole, Freshman Chinese 1.
New Trier placed ninth out of 71 high schools at the Illinois High School Association state journalism competition on May 6 at Eastern Illinois University. Jonathan Roth won first in the state for feature photography. This is Jonathan’s third state victory; he won second place last year and third the year before. Maddie Bruce placed second in yearbook copy writing. Andrew Green took sixth place in editorial cartooning, and Lauren Krupp placed sixth in review writing.
Annamarie Baskin, a private music teacher who instructed New Trier students for 30 years, will receive a Distinguished Service Award at the Choir Opera Revue at 7:30 p.m. May 26 in the Gaffney Auditorium on the Winnetka Campus.
Baskin graduated from Wheaton College with a bachelor’s degree in music. She did her master’s work in vocal performance and vocal pedagogy, with a concentration in adolescent voice development, at the American Conservatory in Chicago, and her post-graduate study at the Royal Academy of Music in Stockholm, Sweden.
As a singer, Baskin has performed in recitals, opera, orato rio and solo sacred works in the Netherlands, Germany, Scandinavia, England and in the United States. Baskin has taught college and high school students since 1970. She began at New Trier in 1980 and retired in December of 2010.