MCL Seal of Biliteracy and Commendation toward Biliteracy 2018


New Trier's Modern and Classical Languages Department is proud to award the Seal of Biliteracy to 56 students in the class of 2018! The Seal of Biliteracy is an award granted by the Illinois State Board of Education and given by New Trier High School in recognition and celebration of students who demonstrate a high level of proficiency in English and one or more other languages. Students demonstrate their language proficiency by earning an English score of 21 or higher on the ACT or score of 5.0 on the ACCESS exam. Students can show proficiency in another language earning a 4 or a 5 on the AP (Advanced Placement) language exam or by taking a state approved test, such as the AAPPL (Assessment of Performance toward Proficiency in Languages) exam, and earning an Intermediate High or Advanced score.

Learning another language prepares students to be citizens of the global community by developing an awareness and appreciation of other cultures. The process of learning to comprehend and communicate in another language develops insight into the nature of language as well as connections to other disciplines. The Seal of Biliteracy builds upon the rich linguistic and cultural assets of the district and community, providing students with the necessary skills to be successful in college, career, and life. The Modern and Classical Languages Department is honored to recognize the following qualified New Trier seniors who demonstrated proficiency in more than one language:

First Name Last Name Language
Daniel Chang Chinese
Elliot Chow Chinese
Tianyuan Wu Chinese
Guangmei Yang Chinese
Albert Yen Chinese
Alexandre Kulp French
William Murphy French
Piper Phillips German
Julia Vining German
Aviv Barad Hebrew
Amia Ross Hebrew
Elli Sweet Hebrew
Evan Allada Latin
Jason Brickman Latin
Faith Chen Latin
Joseph Farina Latin
Andrew Feng Latin
Molly Gallagher Latin
Coleman Horvath Latin
Madeline Joseph Latin
Thomas Okun Latin
Peter Seymour Latin
Marie Sowlat Latin
Natalia Semaniuk Russian
Nicole Basil Spanish
Bibiana Belknap Fernandez Spanish
Mateo Blair Spanish
Alexander Boudos Spanish
Linda Chiu Spanish
Katerina Dabrowski Spanish
Silpian Dhiantravan Spanish
Gustavo Gilchrist Spanish
Sophia Girgenti Spanish
Lisa Gong Spanish
Patrick Gridley Spanish
Ryan Gridley Spanish
Elainia Gupta Spanish
Jacob Hagist Spanish
Stephen Hajjar Spanish
Arielle Imber Spanish
Kelly Kang Spanish
Nicholas Kiser Spanish
Rebecca Lee Spanish
Jacob Levy Spanish
Sarah Miller Spanish
Meriel Mischler Spanish
Iiana Nazari Spanish
Daniel Oh Spanish
Liam Oh Spanish
Andrew Olson Spanish
Seoyeon Park Spanish
Mia Sherin Spanish
Meghan Smith Spanish
Kara Struckman Spanish
John Tucker Spanish
Vivian Wu Spanish
Lauren Yousha Spanish

The Modern and Classical Languages Department would also like to honor the 30 seniors who earned the Illinois State Commendation toward Biliteracy Award. These students demonstrated Intermediate (Mid or Low) proficiency in English and another language:

First Last Name Language
Aviv Barad Chinese
Carolyn Genty Chinese
Allen Moy Chinese
Sophie Sain Chinese
Sophie Sain French
David Allgaier German
John Papas Dennerline German
Natalia Semaniuk German
Grace Verhoog German
Colleen Furth Japanese
Charles Ray Latin
Sean Shin Latin
Natalie Ye Latin
Serena Braun Spanish
Joseph Carey Spanish
Emily Curylo Spanish
Grace Donnelly Spanish
Samuel Fogel Spanish
William Gourley Spanish
Lauren Hoagland Spanish
Sophie Jednorowicz Spanish
Carli Kanter Spanish
Katherine Kessler Spanish
Grace O'Toole Spanish
Mason Rodriguez Rand Spanish
Eliot Smith Spanish
Spencer Stilp Spanish
Arjun Thakkar Spanish
Rachel Weix Spanish
Ashton Womsley Spanish
Michelle Yurovsky Spanish

Of special note are the three students who qualify for these awards in multiple languages:

Aviv Barad Hebrew Seal of Biliteracy
Aviv Barad Chinese Commendation toward Biliteracy
Natalia Semaniuk Russian Seal of Biliteracy
Natalia Semaniuk German Commendation toward Biliteracy
Sophie Sain Chinese Commendation toward Biliteracy
Sophie Sain French Commendation toward Biliteracy

Both the students who earned the Seal of Biliteracy and/or the Commendation toward Biliteracy will have their achievement acknowledged on both their diploma and transcripts.

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