Calvert Students earn Maryland seal of biliteracy

Twenty-seven Calvert County students have earned the Maryland Seal of Biliteracy by demonstrating a high level of proficiency in listening, speaking, reading, and writing in one or more languages in addition to English.

Dr. Daniel D. Curry, Superintendent, said, “We recognize that students who speak more than one language have an advantage when they graduate and begin a career or higher education.

Some of these students are native speakers of other languages who have mastered English, and some have learned a world language in our schools. We are proud of all of them and look forward to seeing them wear their medals at graduation.”

To be awarded the Seal of Biliteracy, students must earn high scores on both the English Language Arts portion of the Maryland Comprehensive Assessment Program (MCAP) and on either an Advanced Placement exam or another world language assessment that is aligned to the American Council on the Teaching of Foreign Languages (ACTFL) proficiency guidelines.

The students who earned the Seal of Biliteracy and their language of proficiency are:

Calvert High
Chinar Beknazarova, Turkmen
Jessica Misiorek, Spanish
Shivang Parekhji, Gujarati
Maaz Rahman, Urdu
Umar Shah, Urdu
Susana Soriano, Spanish
Paola Sotomayor Vegilla, Spanish
Heydi Vasquez Saenz, Spanish
Gabrielle Vicmudo, Tagalog
JingJing Xu, Chinese

Huntingtown High
Carlos Balazs, Spanish
Gabriella Smith, Spanish

Northern High
Jenna Carpenter, Spanish
Joseph Crunkleton, Spanish
Kendall Dent, Spanish
Sarah Donaldson, Spanish
Logan Douglas, Spanish
Mae Howlin, Spanish
Jenna Mehls, Spanish
Gabriel Mignardi, Spanish
Viena Rachel Osorio, Spanish
Haylee Plaudis, Spanish
Victoria Plaudis, Spanish
Samantha Plumley, Spanish
Jenna Smith, Spanish
Hannah Zwick, Spanish

Patuxent High
Sabrina Rodriguez, Spanish

Additional students may qualify for the Seal of Biliteracy when Advanced Placement scores are received in early July.

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