BRIDGEWATER, NJ - A number of Bridgewater-Raritan High School students were honored by the board of education for being named proficient in more than one language, in addition to English.

Superintendent Russell Lazovick said New Jersey is the 15th state in the country to institute a bi-literacy seal of approval for students with sufficient reading and speaking skills in more than one language, aside from English.

"The program was established to recognize students who achieve in more than one language," he said. "An understanding of languages for growth purposes and an understanding of multiple cultures will be part of their success."

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Lazovick said the students have to pass a number of assessments to achieve the state seal.

Those recognize were:

  • Sherry Xuan Lu, Chinese, Italian
  • Juliana Cirianni, Italian
  • Megan Curry, Italian
  • Leonel Polintan Pinagayao, Italian
  • Kimberly Smart, Italian
  • Elian Stavrakis, Italian
  • Nicole Stavrakis, Italian
  • Matthew R. Amerman, Spanish
  • Jamisha Amin, Spanish
  • Arshia Arasappan, Spanish
  • Jeffrey M. Chai, Spanish
  • Anne Fang He, Spanish
  • Vinay Krishnan, Spanish
  • Amanda Murray, Spanish
  • Lucia Neira, Spanish
  • Shivangi Patel, Spanish
  • Lamia Rashid, Spanish
  • Paige Rufolo, Spanish
  • Alisha Tiwari, Spanish
  • Neha Tummalapalli, Spanish
  • Natasha Charewycz, Latin
  • Gabriel Jentis, Latin
  • Neha Nirmal, Latin
  • Molly O'Neil, Latin
  • Elizabeth Shulman, Latin
  • Chenhang (Jojo) Zhang, Latin
  • Kavya Adimulam, French
  • Julia Brickfield, French
  • Regina Belle S. Bustos, French
  • Chloe Dorward, French
  • Crystal Flax, French
  • Arpitha Gorur, French
  • Lillian Hsu, French
  • Catherine Kastner, French
  • Jovita Mesa, French
  • Milan Patel, French
  • Taryn L. Ross, French
  • Keiko C. Fox, Italian
  • Dora N. Gladstein, Italian
  • Hailey A. Hoffman, Italian
  • Gabriella Pedro, Italian
  • Eeshaan Rao, Italian
  • Rosalia Russo, Italian
  • Nicole N. Tobia, Italian
  • Emma Wurmstich, Italian
  • Christopher Doulis, Spanish
  • Anais Galilea Duarte, Spanish
  • Caitlyn Hendelson, Spanish
  • Wesley Chang Jiao, Spanish
  • William Oliveira Leal, Spanish
  • Carrington Ann Leone, Spanish
  • VIkram Raju, Spanish
  • Jenna Sharenow, Spanish
  • Blanka J. Suarez, Spanish
  • Taylor Kelly, Spanish
  • Julia R. Utset, Spanish
  • Seraphina Wong, Latin
  • Jessica Olsakowski, Latin