New Trier students awarded Seal of Biliteracy, Commendation for first time


New Trier's Modern and Classical Languages Department is proud to award the Seal of Biliteracy to its first class of students this spring.

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 a 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 pleased to recognize the following New Trier seniors who demonstrated proficiency in more than one language:

  • Chinese : Kuilin Li, Jason Yang, Ji Chang Zhou
  • French : Nora Cahill, Mae Cody, Sophie Coppieters 't Wallant, Paul Farcasanu
  • German : Emily Jung, Matthew Simons, Carlotta Smalla
  • Japanese: Kenji Nii
  • Latin: Joseph Akason, Adam Clemmitt, Ishaani Khatri, Sara Nicholas, Anne Pinkerton, Ari Salkin-Weiss, Alexander Schneidman, Benjamin Schwabe, Katie Shia
  • Spanish : Stefanie Arellano, Michelle Buyer, Bridget Carmody, Nora Crumley, AnnaMaria Giannini, Nikolai Gjaja, Emma Hoholik, Katherine Kolanko, Luis Navarro-Pashinian, Eleni Panomitros, Jacob Shaw, Clara Somfelean, Owen Szafran, Emma Valdiserri, Sofia Van Der Perre, Yelizaveta Vetyuhova, Hannah Young, Marina Zambrano

The department also honors seniors who earned the Illinois State Commendation toward biliteracy. These students demonstrated intermediate proficiency in English and another language: Victoria Berman, Grace Bickford, Warren Blood, Rachel Coffey, Sophie Coppieters 't Wallant, Dominic Dalla Valle, Lucy Ellis, JJ Fisher, Matthew Gao, Sarah Gediman, Sara Golden, Duncan Holzhall, Margarite Jansen, Cara Keleher, Reilly Kyle, Spencer Lavin, Sophie Lieberman, James Lipsey, Grace Nielson, Thomas Nugent, Ellie Pearlman, Anastasia Pellar, Adam Peterson, Julia Porta, Anne Ridder, Davis Ryan, Louis Shaw, Carlotta Smalla, Catherine Spencer, Yelizaveta Vetyuhova, Ingrid Wefing, Walter West, Marina Zambrano, Molly Zielke and Nicholas Zeddies.

Four students qualify for awards in multiple languages, including Sophie Coppieters 't Wallant (French and Japanese), Carlotta Smalla (German and French), Yelizaveta Vetyuhova (Spanish and Russian) and Marina Zambrano (Spanish and French).

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