STUDENT SPOTLIGHT: WHS’s Nikos Koss Awarded Junior Travel Scholarship Through National Spanish Exams, Won Trip To Puerto Rico This Summer

Below is a press release from Wilmington High School:

WILMINGTON, MA — Congratulations to Nikos Koss of Wilmington High School’s Class of 2023 on being awarded a Junior Travel Scholarship through the National Spanish Examinations. With this award, Nikos traveled to Puerto Rico for a nine-day cultural program in July of 2022 with 23 other high school students from all over the United States.

Nikos’ outstanding scores on the NSE during his sophomore year made him eligible to apply for the scholarship, which had a lengthy application process including an essay written in Spanish and an interview with his Spanish teacher, Meghan Burns, conducted completely in the target language. Nikos earned a gold medal on last year’s exam as well as two silver medals during his freshman and sophomore years.

During his time in Puerto Rico, Nikos toured a Spanish fortress, visited a rainforest, ziplined, kayaked in the bioluminescent bay, learned how to salsa dance and sampled local cuisine such as arroz con pollo, tostones, flan, and Puerto Rican coffee. You can read more about Nikos’ adventures here.

Nikos is currently continuing his study of Spanish during his senior year at the Advanced Placement level.

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