The Collinsville High School World Language Department is proud to announce that 23 seniors attained the 2019 Illinois State Seal of Biliteracy and received an added decoration on their diplomas.
The Illinois Seal of Biliteracy recognizes a student’s ability to effectively communicate in multiple languages. All students first had to prove their ability to communicate in English based on their SAT/ACT scores. After that, students in Spanish were tested on listening, reading, speaking and writing in their second language. Students in Latin were tested on reading and translating in Latin.
The 22 seniors who received the Seal of Biliteracy for Spanish this year are: Elizah Apperson, Trent Baima, Amy Burgess, Chelsea Cagg, Mikaila Chrisman, Yasmin Giles, Alyssa Grimm, Jose Gutierrez, Autumn Ham, Heather Martinez, Mason Maun, Samuel McChristian, Felipe Muñoz, Gage Peek, Kimberly Perez-Villegas, Maritza Perez, Abriana Rivas, Vanessa Rodriguez, Rocio Romo, James Russell, Nicholas Shepherd, and Stephanie Velazquez.
In addition, Annika Cosgrove achieved the Seal of Biliteracy in Latin.
Seniors who received a Commendation towards the Seal in Spanish are: Kylie Bolandis, SydneyCamillo, Ricky Coca, Javier DeAvila, Molly Goddard, Hannah Gray, Avianna Holder, Alyssa Huffman, Parker Kent, Sadie Ripley, Donovan Scott-Gass, Isabella Tucker, and Emily Watt.
Those who received a Commendation towards the Seal in Latin are: Imani Anderson, Emily Bone, Julia Ferguson, Rocio Romo, Tyme Sampson, Isabella Schubert, Riley Shepherd, Gabrielle Smith, and Shannon Wobbe.
According to World Language Department Chair Cara Kettler, “This is the first year that CHS also made the test available to Juniors who are excelling in their world language classes. While these students will have to wait for their results on their SAT/ACT English tests to officially be awarded the Seal of Biliteracy or the Commendation towards the Seal, their efforts are to be recognized.”
Juniors who qualified for the Seal based on their Spanish test scores are: Lena Juenger, Alondra Muñoz, and Monserrat Muñoz.
Juniors who qualified for the Commendation towards the Seal based on their Spanish test scores are: Vjosa Beluli, Dalani Dalton, Rebecca Howard, Destiny Johnson, Hunter Juengel, Shayla Mercado, Maxwell Meseke, and Anna Grace Weil.
“We are beyond proud of these amazing kids. Receiving the Seal of Biliteracy or a Commendation towards the Seal is a HUGE accomplishment. These students will be able to use these test scores to test out of classes at the college level, and will make themselves even more marketable in the workforce. We couldn’t be prouder of them!” said Kettler.
Latin Seal/Commendation recipients: Shannon Wobbe, Rocio Romo, Annika Cosgrove (Seal of Biliteracy), Emily Bone, Riley Shepherd, Julia Ferguson, Isabella Schubert. Not pictured: Imani Anderson, Tyme Sampson, and Gabrielle Smith.
Seniors earning Seal of Biliteracy (Spanish): Elizah Apperson, Gage Peek, Samuel McChristian, James Russell, Autumn Ham, Felipe Muñoz, Trent Baima, Rocio Romo, Jose Gutierrez, Vanessa Rodriguez, Stephanie Velazquez, Chelsea Cagg, Mikaila Chrisman, Heather Martinez, Amy Burgess, Maritza Perez. Not pictured: Yasmin Giles, Alyssa Grimm, Mason Maun, Kimberly Perez-Villegas, and Nicholas Shepherd.
Seniors earning Commendation (Spanish): Donovan Scott-Gass, Ricky Coca, Avianna Holder, Alyssa Huffman. Not pictured: Kylie Bolandis, Sydney Camillo, Javier DeAvila, Molly Goddard, Hannah Gray, Parker Kent, Sadie Ripley, Isabella Tucker, and Emily Watt.
Juniors who qualified for Seal of Biliteracy pending SAT (Spanish): Monserrat Muñoz, Alondra Muñoz, Lena Juenger, and Abriana Rivas.
Juniors who earned Commendation honor pending SAT (Spanish): Vjosa Beluli, Anna Grace Weil, Destiny Johnson, Rebecca Howard, Dalani Dalton, Shayla Mercado, Maxwell Meseke, and Hunter Juengel.