Thirteen high school students earn 2024 New York State Seal of Biliteracy honors

Seal of Biliteracy recipients

Thirteen High School students have earned New York State Seal of Biliteracy honors for the 2023-24 school year.

Seal of Biliteracy medalThe Seal of Biliteracy will be placed on their forthcoming diplomas and they have received  medals to be worn at their graduation ceremony signifying their accomplishments. The awarding of this distinction follows a very rigorous vetting process.

Recipients, who all earned this distinction for their Spanish language proficiency,  are:

  • Emily Bartels
  • Krystal Beltran
  • Jhordany Corniel De La Cruz
  • Zouhair Elsibai
  • Ella Gonzalez
  • Itzel Gutierrez Tapia
  • Andrew Hines
  • Katharine Lukasik
  • Krista Mazariegos
  • Nicolas Merante
  • Benjamin Salamone
  • Anahi Soriano
  • Dylan Williams

The New York State Seal of Biliteracy (NYSSB) is an award given by a high school, school district or county office of education that formally recognizes students who have attained a high level of proficiency in two or more world languages (one of which must be English) by high school graduation.

The program’s intentions are to encourage the study of languages, to identify high school graduates with language and biliteracy skills for employers, to provide universities with additional information about applicants seeking admission and placement, to prepare students with 21st Century skills, to recognize the value of world, classical and home language instruction in schools and to affirm the value of diversity in a multilingual society.