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NYS seal of biliteracy recognition ceremony

bilingual recognition

Middletown High School recognized nine seniors on June 21 for their New York State Seal of Biliteracy course study, and that they receive that designation upon high school graduation.

Sara Cruz, Eduardo Espinosa Altamirano, Vanessa Godinez, Berta Guerra Alarcon, Carl Lizare, Kenia Mendez, Roberto Pacheco, Maria Sanchez and Julian Vargas Rivera were honored with medals. The students gave presentations to an appreciative audience, which included family members, administrators, guidance counselors, teachers and school board members.

The New York State Seal of Biliteracy (NYSSB) recognizes high school graduates who have attained a high level of proficiency within the four modalities of language learning: Listening, speaking, reading and writing in one of more languages, in addition to English. The intent of NYSSB is to encourage the study of languages, identify high school graduates with language and biliteracy skills for employers, provide universities with additional information about applicants seeking admission, prepare students with 21st century skills, recognize the value of foreign and native language instruction in schools, and affirm the value of diversity in a multilingual society.

See photos from the event.