Thirty-seven Chatham High School students will receive the New Jersey Seal of Biliteracy upon graduation this year. Students took and passed exams in Spanish, French, Russian, Chinese and German.
Four CHS students will receive the New Jersey Seal of Biliteracy in more than one language.
Those students are Lana DePasquale (Spanish and French), Sasha Jacobs (Spanish and Russian), Maria Jimenez (Spanish and French), and Lilyana Malmquist (Spanish and French).
The Seal of Biliteracy provides recognition to high school seniors who are able to demonstrate a high level of proficiency in one or more languages in addition to English. The Seal of Biliteracy includes a certificate prepared by the NJ Department of Education, as well as a statement on the CHS transcript that the Seal will be awarded in a specific language. This Seal provides evidence of linguistic skills that are attractive to future employers and college admission offices.
Tamar Spitzer, School District of the Chathams Supervisor of World Languages and English as a Second Language, said, “The opportunity for students to demonstrate their proficiency in another language helps them to stand out during the college application process, as well as to potential employers in the future. These results also exemplify the outstanding world language opportunities at Chatham High School and the diverse talents and achievements of our students.”
CHS Principal Darren Groh said, “Our students' success in meeting the requirements for the NJ Seal of Biliteracy is an indication of their commitment to language learning and their understanding of its impact on a global society.”