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At last week’s Board of Education meeting, a group of senior French and Spanish students were recognized and awarded the Seal of Biliteracy.

The New York State Seal of Biliteracy recognizes high school seniors who have attained a high level of proficiency in listening, speaking, reading, and writing in one or more languages, in addition to English and acknowledges the importance of being bilingual in today’s global society.  It highlights the years of hard work and achievement of students, and encourages them to pursue language study while in school. The distinction of attaining biliteracy is noted on their high school transcript, a NYS seal is affixed on their diploma, and the students wear their medal with their graduation robes.

To earn the seal, students must meet the initial ELA and World Language requirements then declare their intent to participate in the process.  In order to demonstrate proficiency in the second language, students choose a research topic and prepare an extensive portfolio with aspects of the target culture embedded throughout, and then present and defend their portfolio in front of a panel of evaluators in the target language.

The presentation day this year was held at the OCC campus on April 9th.

Here are the research topics our students chose to explore this year:

• Education

• Asylum & Refugees

• Homicide

• Pesticides

• Witch Trials

• Fourth French Republic

• Urban Renewal

• Pollution

• Immigration


• Linguistic differences in dialects

• Cuba

• Cultural Identity

• Health Care

Congratulations to our 2019 recipients: 


            • Liam Flannery

            • Tatum Kelly

            • Taylor Mapstone

            • Meg Seeley

            • Emma Wardell

            • Mackenzie Yates


            • Abby Burrell

            • Laura Connor

            • Maddy Gavitt

            • Justin Gagnon

            • Skyler Grimes

            • Ian Melvin

            • Clara Rowles

            • Jonathan Streeter

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