BRIDGWATER, NJ - The Bridgewater-Raritan board of education recently honored more than 100 high school students in the district for their achievements in languages.
The board honored students from Bridgewater-Raritan High School who had achieved the state’s Seal of Bi-Literacy. Their names were displayed during the board’s online meeting held May 12, with a photo of each student also posted if their parents or guardians had given the district permission to do so.
In all, 108 students were honored in a total of seven different languages, other than English.
"COVID or no COVID, we wanted to honor our students for this exceptional achievement," said Superintendent Russell Lazovick.
According to the state Department of Education, the Seal of Bi-Literacy is awarded annually to those graduating high school students who can demonstrate proficiency in English through meeting graduation language requirements and scoring highly enough on assessments, along with attaining at least intermediate proficiency in one or more world languages.
Three Bridgewater-Raritan students achieved bi-literacy in Chinese this year, as read by teacher Chia-Yung Jeng Liu. They were Jonathan Huang, Geoffrey Yao and Annie Zhang.
A total of 20 students were celebrated for their achievement in French, as read by teachers Jayne Barrett and Shilpa Wadke. Those students were Sydney DeLierre, Haley Garnett, Michelle Huang, Siddarth Inta, Emily Luo, Melissa McClymont, Sheena Meng, Subha Nanduri, Sheetal Padhi, Jerry Qiu, Varsha Ramanujam, Vineel Reddy, Ana Sali, Varun Sarabudla, Sohavni Singh, Hannah Wang, Sara Wise, Janet Yi, Allen Zhou and Gan Qiu Zhu.
The student who attained bi-literacy in German was James Fieseler, as read by teacher Stefani Meyer.
Eight students were honored for their achievement in Italian, as read by teacher Linda Cuccaro. Those students were Alvin Cheng, Cameron Kalik, Alexander Menendez, Justin Peterson, Amanda Pochek, Victoria Schenone, Mason Shu and Teddy Sommers.
A total of 18 students achieved Latin bi-literacy, Anugraha Awasthi, Angie Cheng, Lucy Drumgool, Diya Gandhi, Siddharth Gupta, Julia Holz, Emma Knauf, Caroline Maloney, Meher Mankikar, Dagny McCann, Sanemi Nair, Ella Pfaff, Aditya Pradeep, Hisham Qureshi, Aaryana Rajanala, Alaka Rajesh, William Totten and Tarun Trivedi. Their names were read by instructor Lucinda Jaffe.
The two students who accomplished bi-literacy in Russian were Polina Odintseva and Aaron Rabkin, as read by educator Maria Kostis.
The final and largest group honored was Spanish, which consisted of 56 individuals in all, as read by teachers Melissa Nobel, Christine Peliotis and Jodi Siegal. Those students were Julieta Altman, Vishwa Arasappan, Issac Araya Vargas, Fabian Ardila, James Artuso, Alejandra Ayala Caballero, Neha Bhalla, Bryce Bixon, Rachel Blumberg, Jessica Brookner, Ellen Chai, Gabriela Chiaravalloti, Manuel Correia, Samantha D’Elia, Rohit Desai, Samuel Fang, Hannah Grynberg, David Hinkle, Jason Hinkle, Kritika Jain, Shreya Jayaswal, Camila Jimenez, Suresh Kannoth, Carla Mattaliano, Ethan Matta, Briana McGuire, Shivangi Mehra, Amrit Sriram Murali, Hannah Naseer, Christina Nici, Shreya Nuli, Caroline O’Sullivan, Maisha Pal, Shivam Patel, Shril Patel, Styliani Petrou, Bryan Picado, Kelly Ramon-Chile, Kayla Reynolds, Alejandra Robles, Ashley Rodriguez, Brianna Rojas, David Salazar, Samuel Senzon, Reema Sethi, Riya Sethi, Naomi Shah, Shaziya Shah, Erin Smith, Roshan Sundar, Aditya Thakkar, Christopher Tomo, Melanie Torres, Ameya Vaidya, Valeria Vera and Joanne Yoo.
“Congratulations to all our honorees, and thank you to our teachers for all you do,” said Lazovick.