Berryville students receive Arkansas Seal of Biliteracy

Tuesday, April 2, 2019

Berryville High School had 18 students earn the Arkansas Seal of Biliteracy for demonstrating proficiency in English and one or more other languages by high school graduation.

The following students received the Seal of Biliteracy: Alex Maldonado, Delwin Portillo, Jacqueline Diaz-Lopez, Jessica Noriega, Jesus Perez, John Morales, Juan Esquivel, Brian Garcia, Cesar Martinez, Claudia Vanessa Alvarez Parada, Giovanni Covarrubias, Gisselle Morones, Jacqueline Portillo Orellana, Manuel Tellez, Navi Romero, Victoria Villatoro, Yareli Rangel-Leon and Isidro Garduno Pena.

According to a press release from the Arkansas Seal of Biliteracy Committee, the Seal of Biliteracy was adopted first by California in 2011 and is now recognized in 36 states and Washington D.C. According to the official website, the Seal of Biliteracy encourages students to pursue biliteracy, honors the skills students attain and can be evidence of skills that are attractive to future employers and college admissions officers.

Since the 2017 pilot year, the release says a total of 812 Arkansas students from 31 high school around the state have attained this certification. It says the Arkansas Seal of Biliteracy is awarded each spring and fall to students in grades 9 through 12 and is sponsored by the Arkansas Foreign Language Teachers Association (AFLTA) and the Arkansas Teachers of English to Speakers of Other Languages (ARKTESOL). The Arkansas Department of Education officially endorsed the Seal in June 2018.

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