MCL Seal of Biliteracy, Class of 2020

New Trier's Modern and Classical Languages Department is proud to award the Seal of Biliteracy to 79 students in the class of 2020! 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 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. It helps one develop 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 Award acknowledges the rich linguistic and cultural assets of the district and community and the development of skills, in more than one language, 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 Seal Language
Benjamin Akason Chinese
Isabella Allada German
Anna Arthur Latin
Mira Becker Chinese
Max Bennett Spanish
Conner Boehm Spanish
Felix Boeing German
Felix Boeing Spanish
Maggie Cao Chinese
Kathy Chen Spanish
Emma Chipman Chinese
Nicholas Crispino Chinese
Bradley Cui Chinese
Xin Yuan Cui Chinese
Karrine Denisova Spanish
Kelley Deveny Spanish
Nadharm Dhiantravan Chinese
Benjamin Eberle Spanish
Grant Feldman Spanish
Weillin Feng Latin
Regina Fernandez Spanish
Katherine Figura Spanish
Thomas Figura Latin
Karl Florida Japanese
Charlotte Fondren Spanish
William Gerstein Spanish
Colin Glew Spanish
Arun Gopala German
Carlos Guzman-Cruz Spanish
Marc Hagist Spanish
Mia Hakenen Spanish
Yida Hao Chinese
Kevin Hillesland Spanish
Anna Hinrichs German
Briana Hinrichs German
Caroline Hinrichs German
Avery Hirschfield Spanish
Tinah Hong Chinese
Zhuobin Huang Chinese
Zoe Huertas-Erikson Spanish
Lydia Kaup Spanish
Arjun Kaura Spanish
Jenna Khalifeh Spanish
Eun Taek Kim Korean
Alexis Lampe Spanish
Olivia Laske Latin
Ray Li Chinese
Margaret Lin Spanish
Samuel Lin Chinese
Emma Lombardo Spanish
James McColl Chinese
Kevin McDonald Latin
Lauren McShea Spanish
Alexander Nagel Latin
Alexander Naumann German
Nicholas Naumann German
Amanda Neslund Spanish
Hitomi Ono Japanese
Cavan Pellegrino Spanish
Ryan Pellini Spanish
Anna-Sofia Polonsky Spanish
Charlotte Pu Chinese
Stefanija Rekasius French
Emilie Rivkin Spanish
Hayden Ryan Spanish
Alina Scholz German
Alina Scholz Spanish
Finja Scholz Spanish
Finja Scholz German
Camille Scrine Spanish
Anna Shah German
Anita Shubert Spanish
Nicholas Thabit Spanish
Olivia Tussing Spanish
Lindsey Van Metre Spanish
Jacob Vile German
Mark von den Steinen German
Zhuolan Wu Chinese
Esther Xu Chinese
Irene Xu Spanish
Jesse Yang Latin
Won Yang Spanish
Yanbin Yang Chinese
Monica Yoo Korean
Seoyoung Yoon Korean
Jason Yuan Chinese
Amy Zun Spanish
Rachel Zun Spanish

Students who earned the Seal of Biliteracy will had their achievement acknowledged on both their diploma and transcripts.

Of special note are the two students who qualify for the Seal of Biliteracy in multiple languages:

Alina Scholz German

Scholz German

Felix Boeing German


Seniors 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 , טוב מזל , おめでとうございます, congratulationes , Поздравляем, Felicitaciones!