56 New Trier students awarded Seal of Biliteracy, 30 awarded Commendation

New Trier's Modern and Classical Languages Department is proud to award the Seal of Biliteracy to 56 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: Daniel Chang, Elliot Chow, Tianyuan Wu, Guangmei Yang, Albert Yen

French: William Murphy

German: Piper Phillips, Julia Vining

Hebrew: Aviv Barad, Amia Ross, Elli Sweet

Latin: Evan Allada, Jason Brickman, Faith Chen, Joseph Farina, Andrew Feng, Molly Gallagher, Coleman Horvath, Madeline Joseph, Thomas Okun, Peter Seymour, Marie Sowlat

Russian: Natalia Semaniuk

Spanish: Nicole Basil, Bibiana Belknap Fernandez, Mateo Blair, Alexander Boudos, Linda Chiu, Katerina Dabrowski, Silpian Dhiantravan, Gustavo Gilchrist, Sophia Girgenti, Lisa Gong, Patrick Gridley, Ryan Gridley, Elainia Gupta, Jacob Hagist, Stephen Hajjar, Arielle Imber, Kelly Kang, Nicholas Kiser, Rebecca Lee, Jacob Levy, Sarah Miller, Meriel Mischler, Iiana Nazari, Daniel Oh, Liam Oh, Andrew Olson, Seoyeon Park, Mia Sherin, Meghan Smith, Kara Struckman, John Tucker, Vivian Wu, Lauren Yousha

The department also honors seniors who earned the Illinois State Commendation toward biliteracy. These students demonstrated intermediate proficiency in English and another language: David Allgaier, Aviv Barad, Serena Braun, Joseph Carey, Emily Curylo, Grace Donnelly, Samuel Fogel, Colleen Furth, Carolyn Genty, William Gourley, Lauren Hoagland, Sophie Jednorowicz, Carli Kanter, Katherine Kessler, Allen Moy, Grace O'Toole, John Papas Dennerline, Mason Rodriguez Rand, Charles Ray, Sophie Sain, Natalia Semanuik, Sean Shin, Eliot Smith, Spencer Stilp, Arjun Thakkar, Grace Verhoog, Rachel Weix, Ashton Womsley, Natalie Ye, Michelle Yurovsky

Three students qualify for awards in multiple languages, including Aviv Barad (Hebrew and Chinese), Natalia Semaniuk (Russian and German), and Sophie Sain (Chinese 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.