KHS Students Earn Seal of Biliteracy and Commendation Towards Biliteracy Awards


The Seal of Biliteracy and Commendation towards Biliteracy is a prestigious award given annually by the Illinois State Board of Education to students who demonstrate a high level of proficiency in Spanish and English and 35 students at Kewanee High School have received the award. An official seal will be placed on the diplomas and transcripts of the students who qualify. This designation provides universities and employers with a method of formally identifying people with language biliteracy skills.

The Seal of Biliteracy program encourages students to have a strong development of linguistic, cultural and communicative competence. Literacy in two or more languages represents a challenging academic standard and enables students to participate more fully in a global arena. These skills provide a foundation for college and career readiness in an increasingly interdependent world.

Amy Miler, Spanish teacher: “I could not be more proud of these students. Achieving this level of language proficiency requires a lot of dedication, participation and hard work. The STAMP assessment is a rigorous three hour test in which students have to listen to lengthy authentic audio pieces, read articles, write essays and record speaking samples to random prompts. Earning this award gives the students validation of their Spanish skills and encourages them to keep learning and speaking the language in the future.”

Two honors are available, the Seal of Biliteracy and the Commendation toward Biliteracy. The Seal of Biliteracy is awarded to students who earn a minimum score of 480 on the English portion of the SAT and a high proficiency level on the STAMP test using a scale set by the American Council on Teaching of Foreign Languages. The Commendation toward Biliteracy is awarded to students whose proficiency level is rated at Intermediate in their second language.

*Denotes Seal of Biliteracy

First Row: Lena Miller*, Mary Miller, Harper Gillespie, Mya Mirocha, Larissa Meyer, MaKaela Salisbury, Megan McKenna, Isabela Martinez, Victoria Gazzera, Emelin Guillen*

Second Row: Mayra Diaz*, Marissa Stevens*, Morgan Leathers, Jaxson Hicks, Michael Ruiz*, Marcos Pagán*, Clark Heeren, Madison Copeland*, Bethany Olalde*

Third Row: Addison Clark, Natalie Maxon*, Nathan Roller*, Sheadon Oetzel, Emmitt Brokaw, Will Taylor, Leonardo Hernandez, Shaan Dev*

Fourth Row: Julian Quintero, James Campbell, Izac Contreras, Brittany Monarrez, Geraldine Ahearn, Karina Avitia, Diego Diaz Lopez, Cesar Chavez*

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