Bethesda student recognized by Spanish Embassy -- Gazette.Net


Natalie DeSarbo, a fifth-grader at Wood Acres Elementary School in Bethesda, was among three county students invited to the Spanish Embassy, along with their parents and teachers, for special recognition on June 11.

The students participated in an annual writing contest sponsored by the Centro Español de Washington, in cooperation with the Spanish Embassy.

The contest recognizes achievement in Spanish among elementary school students. This year, 50 third-, fourth-, and fifth-graders from 16 Montgomery County elementary schools participated in the contest.

Three winning essays were selected for recognition.

Natalie, who took the Advanced II Spanish class taught by Maria Gomez, won third place.

Camie Carlson, a third-grader at Greenwood Elementary School in Brookeville, won first place, and David Alameh, a fourth-grader at Brooke Grove Elementary School in Olney, won second place.

Big Learning, a nonprofit, operates the foreign language classes in Spanish, French and Mandarin Chinese for elementary school children throughout the county in cooperation with the local PTA and county public school system.

For more information about the organization, or the foreign language program, contact director Kirsten N. Rhodes at 301-592-0861 or