Sixty-seven New Trier seniors are recent recipients of the Seal of Biliteracy, an award granted by the Illinois State Board of Education and given by New Trier High School's Modern and Classical Languages Department 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 4.8 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:
- Chinese: Alice Guo, Morgan Hardin, Qiao Huang, Allison Liu, Yujia Tian, Bill Yen
- French: Ridah Salim Chhotoo, Stella Cook, Charles Coppieters 't Wallant, Sarah Ann Duck, Kathryn Kurt, Adrien Lana, Claudia Levens, Madeline Malueg
- German: Abigail Baran, Liesel Dolce, Trevin Hernandez, Kathryn Kurt, Miriam Rovin, Katherine Simons, Florian Vining
- Italian: Frederick Keady
- Latin: Kylie Boyd, Isabel Cox, Alexa Kaplan, John Keenan, Zachary Melnick
- Russian: Yaroslava Goldina
- Spanish: Benjamin Barrett, Bennett Basil, Lilia Bhote, Andrea Blood, Emilia Consalvi, Valentina de la Torre, Gabriel DeGrandis, Ryan DeMar, Allison Elli, Alexandra Gjaja, Valentin Goetze, Alanna Goldstein, Claire Gottreich, Brianna Hickey, Alexandra Hochschild, Samuel Huertas-Erikson, Richard Jo, Stephanie Kacius, Hyun Kim, Dylan Kochman, Andrew Kuhn, Kathryn Kurt, Katherine Lasonde, Brandon Lee, Madeline Malueg, Emma McDermott, Bailey Meyers, Nicole Montenegro, Oscar Mozolewski, Laura Murphy, Asher Noel, Rumer Ochoa, Taylor Oshana, Anastasia Panomitros, Hannah Richards, Ella Schotz, Grace Thomas, Anahi Toolabian, Eleanor Wefing, Millie Winter, Natalie Wolkoff, Katherine Wyse
Of special note are two students who qualify for the Seal of Biliteracy in multiple languages, Madeline Malueg (French and Spanish) and Kathryn Kurt (French, Spanish and German).
Students who earned the Seal of Biliteracy will have their achievement acknowledged on both their diploma and transcripts. Seniors who qualify for the Seal of Biliteracy based on their AP exam in May 2019 will be awarded this honor in the fall.