One hundred and ninety-two graduates in New Trier's Class of 2020 have earned the state's Seal of Biliteracy, including 107 who recently received the honor based on their performance on the AP Language Exam administered this May.
The Seal of Biliteracy is 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 English 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 by earning a 4 or a 5 on the AP (Advanced Placement) language exam or by taking a state approved test, such as the AAPPL (ACTFL Assessment of Performance toward Proficiency in Languages) exam, and earning an Intermediate High or Advanced score. The 107 students recently given the honor based on their May AP Language Exam results joint 85 New Trier graduates who were announced in July 2020 and earned the Seal through the AAPPL exam or by taking an AP language exam as a junior.
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 New Trier 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 2020 graduates who demonstrated proficiency in more than one language and earned the Seal of Biliteracy:
Chinese: Bradley Cui, Yida Hao, Samuel Lin, Benjamin Akason, Mira Becker, Emma Chipman, Nicholas Crispino, Nadharm Dhiantravan, Tinah Hong, Zhuobin Huang, Ray Li, James McColl, Charlotte Pu, Zhuolan Wu, Esther Xu, Yanbin Yang, Jason Yuan, Maggie Cao, Xin Yuan Cui, Connor Lee, David Peng, Zhiyin Wu, Jonathan Yuan, Renee Zhou
French: Stefanija Rekasius, Hannah Bender, Maia Blomberg, Julia Braham, Katherine Connolly, Phillip Ellison, Lindsay Falk, Regina Fernandez, Marlee Fradkin, Bridget Hagedorn, Eleanor Hartman, Blake Heller, Millie James, Kelly Janetzko, Taylor Jones, Brian Joseph, Janice Kang, Pericles Karras, Anna Katz, Alexandra Levin, Michelle Lu, Charley Meier, Chloe Moslener, Amber Salmon, Evan Vlahandreas, Mark von den Steinen, Elias Wachtel, Emily Wang
German: Arun Gopala, Alexander Naumann, Nicholas Naumann, Anna Shah, Isabella Allada, Anna Hinrichs, Briana Hinrichs, Caroline Hinrichs, Alina Scholz, Finja Scholz, Mark von den Steinen, Jacob Vile, Felix Boeing, Maggie Cao, Christian Franke, Mia Gabelev, Emily Geier, Alexander Glueck, John Lightfine, Sofia Papakos, Henry Plante, Evan Prendergast, Olivia Prendergast, Holden Schinzer, Sabrina Tossing, Ekaterina Tsytsarina, Aaron Wineberg
Japanese: Karl Florida, Hitomi Ono, Mina Seals
Korean: Eun Taek Kim, Monica Yoo, Seoyoung Yoon
Latin: Anna Arthur, Weillin Feng, Thomas Figura, Olivia Laske, Kevin McDonald, Alexander Nagel, Jesse Yang
Spanish: Pearce Bailey, Ayah Bajwa, Max Bennett, Dillon Berlin, Jacqueline Blumin, Conner Boehm, Felix Boeing, Anike Braun, Peter Caldwell, Sarah Carlson, John Carragher, Caitlin Carr-Smith, Marisol Cassis, Kathy Chen, Annika Coleman, Emma Collins, Sabrina Comess, Catherine Corley, Theodore Cornejo, Natasha Cornelius, Grace Crawford, Jeffrey Croley, Jane Dean, Karrine Denisova, Kelley Deveny, Jacqueline Dold, Benjamin Eberle, Lindsey Economos, Maeve Eskandari, Caroline Faurot, Grant Feldman, Regina Fernandez, Isabella Figlioli, Katherine Figura, Charlotte Fondren, Elizabeth Friedman, Jacquelyn Garabedian, William Gerstein, Margaret Gifford, Colin Glew, Joshua Glucksman, Lauren Grote, Carlos Guzman-Cruz, Marc Hagist, Mia Hakenen, Kathryn Hemmer, Kevin Hillesland, Anna Hinrichs, Briana Hinrichs, Avery Hirschfield, Zoe Huertas-Erikson, Madeline Jednorowicz, Chloe Karabas, Daniel Katrich, Lydia Kaup, Arjun Kaura, Andrew Kearney, Jenna Khalifeh, Sarah Kravitz, Misbah Lalani, Alexis Lampe, Juliette Lana, Margaret Lin, Emma Lombardo, Bella Macakanja, Anna McBride, Lauren McShea, Diego Mendoza, Julio Mora, Sender Munkhgerel, Maeve Murdock, Amanda Neslund, Charlotte Newman, Aidan Olson, Arden Pedraja, Elena Pedraja, Cavan Pellegrino, Ryan Pellini, Lauren Piotrowski, Anna-Sofia Polonsky, Emilie Rivkin, Maxwell Rosen, Jane Rosin, Nicole Rothstein, Alexandra Rubinstein, Adam Ruzumna, Hayden Ryan, Alina Scholz, Finja Scholz, Camille Scrine, Anita Shubert, Spencer Spahr, Zachary Stein, Ruiyang Tan, Nicholas Thabit, Nicolas Tobon, Olivia Tussing, Lindsey Van Metre, Sophia Van Winkle, Julia Vexelman, Alexandra Wigdale, Irene Xu, Esther Xu, Won Yang, Amy Zun, Rachel Zun, Catharine Zwick, Julia Zwick, Julia Zwolinski
Of special note are nine students who qualify for the Seal of Biliteracy in multiple languages: Felix Boeing (German and Spanish), Maggie Cao (Chinese and German), Regina Fernandez (French and Spanish), Anna Hinrichs (German and Spanish), Briana Hinrichs (German and Spanish), Alina Scholz (German and Spanish), Finja Scholz (German and Spanish), Mark von den Steinen (French and German), and Esther Xu (Chinese and Spanish).
New Trier Township High School District 203 serves Chicago's North Shore suburban communities of Glencoe, Kenilworth, Wilmette and Winnetka, most of Northfield and parts of Glenview and Northbrook.