The first Hendrick Hudson High School students to receive the Seal of Biliteracy were recognized at the June 5 Board of Education meeting. This talented cohort was recognized for attaining the highest level of proficiency in listening, speaking, reading and writing in one or more languages in addition to English.
Melissa Golia (World Language), Maria Zenon (ENL), Jessica Downey (Guidance) and Jim Rogulski (ELA) shared comments about each of the recipients and presented each one with a graduation cord in recognition of their accomplishments.
The students had to meet strict guidelines set forth by New York state, compiled portfolios of their best work, and were required to present on a specific topic in both English and their target language.
The following students achieved the Seal of Biliteracy, which will appear on their high school records and diplomas:
Haley Dononvan (English/French), Thea Barbelet (English/Italian), Larisa Bushkin (English/Italian), Joseph DiBitetto (English/Italian), Matthew DiLoreto (English/Italian), Gabriella Mannarino (English/Italian), Supriya Baskaran (English/Spanish), Nina Tagliabue (English/Spanish) and Florencia Diaz Molina (Spanish/English -ENL).
“These students truly set the standard for the dedication, hard work, diligence and commitment that goes into studying another language,” said Golia at the presentation. Addressing the students, she said, “We applaud your success and your understanding of the value and importance of the study of more than one language.”