Two Covington Latin students were honored for their poster designs in a national contest sponsored by the American Association of Techers of Spanish and Portuguese (AATSP).
Evana Dias, of Villa Hills, and Alayna Ross, of Wilder, won recognition for their work depicting the theme, "Criando vinculos entre el aula y la carrera," which translates to "Creating links between the classroom and the career."
Dias won first place in the hand-drawn high school category. Her poster depicts interlocking hands covered in flags from different countries. “Each hand holds up the next one, which represents how we are all linked and the ability to speak different languages is very advantageous,” said Dias.
She will attend Xavier University in the fall where she plans to continue studying Spanish as she explores various majors.
Ross earned 2nd place in the digital art category. The theme was personally relevant to her. “I am looking into possible careers where it would be useful for me to know Spanish," she said.
Ross researched various careers that involved knowing a foreign language and included several on her poster. “I looked up all of the different jobs where Spanish could be useful in one’s career and they are endless,” she said.
Ross will attend Eastern Kentucky University where she plans to minor in Spanish.
Students from 70 different chapters across the U.S. and Canada entered AATSP’s poster contest, which is judged both by their Board and Poster Contest Committee. Founded in 1917, it is the oldest professional association in the U.S. devoted to the study of a modern foreign language.
While Covington Latin School is known for its acceleration and rigorous classical curriculum, Spanish and German are also offered to upperclassmen. Spanish teacher Lindsay Skipper asked students to brainstorm various careers that involve Spanish before students began working on their posters. “Most of my students choose to study Spanish because they want to be able to use it with people in the real world," Skipper said. "This year’s theme gave us a great opportunity to collaborate as a class regarding how Spanish is used beyond the four walls of a classroom.”