Eighty-five New Trier graduates awarded Seal of Biliteracy


Eighty-five New Trier graduates 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 : Benjamin Akason, Mira Becker, Maggie Cao, Emma Chipman, Nicholas Crispino, Bradley Cui, Xin Yuan Cui, Nadharm Dhiantravan, Yida Hao, Tinah Hong, Zhoubin Huang, Ray Li, Samuel Lin, James McColl, Charlotte Pu, Zhuolan Wu, Esther Xu, Yanbin Yang, Jason Yuan

French : Stefanija Rekasius

German : Isabella Allada, Felix Boeing, Arun Gopala, Anna Hinrichs, Briana Hinrichs, Caroline Hinrichs, Alexander Naumann, Nicholas Naumann, Alina Scholz, Finja Scholz, Anna Shah, Jacob Vile, Mark von den Steinen

Japanese : Karl Florida, Hitomi Ono

Korean : Eun Taek Kim, Monica Yoo, Seoyoung Yoon

Latin : Anna Arthur, Weillen Feng, Thomas Figura, Olivia Laske, Kevin McDonald, Alexander Nagel, Jesse Yang

Spanish : Max Bennett, Conner Boehm, Felix Boeing, Kathy Chen, Karrine Denisova, Kelley Deveny, Benjamin Eberle, Grant Feldman, Regina Fernandez, Katherine Figura, Charlotte Fondren, William Gerstein, Colin Glew, Carlos Guzman-Cruz, Marc Hagist, Mia Hakenen, Kevin Hillesland, Avery Hirschfield, Zoe Huertas-Erikson, Lydia Kaup, Arjun Kaura, Jenna Khalifeh, Alexis Lampe, Margaret Lin, Emma Lombardo, Lauren McShea, Amanda Neslund, Cavan Pellegrino, Ryan Pellini, Anna-Sofia Polonsky, Emilie Rivkin, Hayden Ryan, Alina Scholz, Finja Scholz, Camille Scrine, Anita Shubert, Nicholas Thabit, Olivia Tussing, Lindsey Van Metre, Irene Xu, Won Yang, Amy Zun, Rachel Zu

Of special note are three students who qualify for the Seal of Biliteracy in multiple languages, Alina Scholz (German and Spanish), Finja Scholz (German and Spanish), and Felix Boeing (German and Spanish).

Students who qualify for the Seal of Biliteracy based on their AP exam in May 2020 will be awarded this honor in the fall. 祝贺, Congratulations, Félicitations, Herzlichen Glückwunsch , מזל טוב , おめでとうございます, congratulationes, Поздравляем, Felicitaciones!