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Over 200 students honored in Seal of Biliteracy awards ceremony
Thursday, April 19, 2018

On the evening of April 18, 2018, in the Fine Arts Center at Lincoln-Way Central High School, District 210 recognized 188 Lincoln-Way students and 13 incoming freshmen for their language accomplishments in Spanish, German, French, Chinese and English.

Students throughout the district were honored in the awards ceremony as part of an elite group of language students. The Seal of Biliteracy Award was passed into Illinois state law in 2012. It was established by the Illinois State Board of Education to mark the achievement of high school students showing high levels of proficiency in two languages: their native language and a second language. District 210 High Schools have participated in the program since 2013, when Lincoln-Way was selected to serve as a pilot district.

Department Chair Peg Bobber welcomed families and friends of the students. She thanked school board member Mr. Ron Lullo for his attendance, along with Dr. Scott Tingley and Mr. Tim Reilly.

Bobber then addressed the guests of honor. She said, “Students: We are so proud of your commitment to gaining proficiency in reading, writing, listening and speaking languages. As you can see, you are part of a very select group of students—approximately 7 percent—in our district. You have attained a level of proficiency that will continue to enhance your life experiences.”

Following Bobber, student presenters addressed the audience in German, French, Spanish and Chinese. The students stated their appreciation for culture and language learning; English translations of their speeches were projected onto a screen so that audience members were able to follow along.

Following student presentations, language teachers Linda Egnatz, Karoline Pasbrig and “Teacher of the Year” Carol Book addressed the audience. All spoke of “the journey to proficiency,” along with the challenges and benefits of learning a second language.

Bobber then commended incoming freshmen for their “accomplished beginnings in developing language proficiency.” For this portion of the program, Lincoln-Way feeder schools nominated top students in language for the “Outstanding Language Learner Award.” Students recognized were:

Lucas Garcia: Hickory Creek Middle School
Sydney Hooten: Hickory Creek Middle School
Aigang Ovando: Hickory Creek Middle School
Harrison Scroggins: Liberty Junior High School
Emmett Thompson: Manhattan Junior High School
Amani Hammound: Martino Junior High School
Nicholas Sereleas: Martino Junior High School
Ian Malone: Mokena Junior High School
Caitlyn Rochon: Mokena Junior High School
Ellie Boers: Summit Hill Junior High School
Ana Beatriz Garcia: Summit Hill Junior High School
Silvia Lonet Delgado: Summit Hill Junior High School
Ezequiel Urcino: Summit Hill Junior High School

After the feeder school students were addressed, Lincoln-Way students were recognized as each of their names were called. Students walked across the stage, shaking hands with Lullo and Tingley. They each received a certificate of accomplishment for their dedication to language.

A total of 188 Lincoln-Way students from all three high schools were recognized. Those honored included:

Mitchell Allen
Mya Amendola
Gabrielle Anand
Claire Ansberg
Alyssa Arce
Grace Arnold
Emily Baker
Lauren Baker
Alissa Barr
Luke Baumgartner
Mitchell Bennett
Brandon Bennitt
Alyssa Bernal
Benjamin Bethke
Kyle Boisvert
Emily Bonebrake
Dana Boucher
Jessica Bowers
Kate Bruder
Evan Bruninga
Lauren Bruns
Ashley Bullock
Michelle Burk
Joseph Byrne
Haley Calderon
Ashley Gonzalez
Adam Ceh
Nathan Co
Molly Cole
Will Cooley
Sarah Corcoran
Emily Costella
Ranya Darwish
Jessica Day
Blake DeButch
Jenna Delatte
Marissa DeMeo
Nicole DeSalvo
Mario DiBartolomeo
Rachel Dirks
Camryn Dorncez
Taylor Doyle
Zachary Dundek
Isabella Eichmann
Richard Evans
Joshua Falejczyk
Stephen Fieffer
Nicholas Finn
Meghan Fisher
Shannon Fitzpatrick
Brennen Flaherty
Benjamin Floyd
Sophia Foote
Abbey Fuqua
Mikayla Gardner
Nicholas Geoppo
Ciara Glancy
Mariah Graham
Natalie Greenwood
Mason Gregg
Chris Gromnicki
Isaac Hahn
Elena Hajjar
Liam Hall
Michael Harrington
Alyssa Harvey
Justin Hearne
Caroline Heathcock
Makenzie Helsel
Hannah Hill
Cameron Hoag
Kate Honan
Mallory Hordyke
Thomas Huguelet
Alexandra Hurtado-Villalobos
Sarah Ingram
Joseph Isdonas
Wesley Janicki
Reyal Jardine
Taylor Jelley
Madeline Jones
Gillian Jongsma
Avichal Joshi
Helena Jozwik
Grace Kadubek
Erin Kay
Katherine Kedzior
Kaylah Keuch
Krista King
Alyssa Klawitter
Stefan Klipic
Natalie Knepper
Sydney Koehne
Lauren Kopec
Victoria Kristoff
Alexandria Krupske
Alexia Kubas
Maria Kulchytsky
Timothy Lange
Hannah Laverty
Amber Lemmons
Nathan Lucchetti
Aleigha MacDonald
Roman Macie
Alex Manka
Tyler Maranto
Alexandria Marchert
Rodrigo Martinez
Delaney Martino
Riley Masterson
Kerigan McAllister
Lauren McCauley
Mark McCauley
Evan McDermed
Luke McGuire
Kevin Meaux
Declan Merbeth
Taylor Miron
Jess Miyata
Armaan Mohajir
Brendan Morrissey
Payton Moyzis
Austin Murray
Hannah Nicholas
Jake Nienhouse
Brennan O'Brien
Stephanie Ostarello
Lauren Page
Jordan Pajeau
Carlie Parrish
Christopher Patterson
Grace Pawelczyk
Madeline Phaby
Kendal Pitlik
Amanda Pohrte
Avery Powell
Nicholas Powers
Julia Raczek
James Robles
Julia Roessler
Isabella Rotondi
John Ruane
Alejandro Ruiz
Lauren Sandberg
Emily Schall
Gabriella Segoviano
Dimitrios Sereleas
Grace Sheridan
Julia Signorelli
Paige Skopick
Jake Slovin
Cora Smith
Jeremy Stajkowski
Olivia Sterchele
Cassidy Stolarek
Adriana Strozak
Tyler Styrsky
Sara Swanberg
Kayla Szymanski
Dominic Tagler
Ryan Taylor
Sara Taylor
Jacob Tencza
Dominic Terrones
Carson Trpik
Zachary Ueberfluss
Manuel Urcino
Anna Vanderkooi
Ashley VanKampen
Makayla Varga
Luke Velky
Michael Vena
Kyle Verheyen
Kaitlyn Voss
Katherine Wagner
Savana Watson
Kenneth Weiss
Jacob Welker
Samuel Welker
Sarah West
Kaitlyn White
Madelyn Whiting
Lauren Widelski
Tyler Win
Mark Wroblewski
Watfae Zayed
Gretchen Zirgaitis

Following the ceremony, students enjoyed refreshments and snacks in celebration with their teachers and families.

Earning the Seal of Biliteracy is one of the highest honors that a Lincoln-Way student can achieve,” said Assistant Superintendent Tim Reilly. “This program keeps thriving as students see the many benefits of language learning. Our language teachers do wonderful work, and we are proud that our students are among the very best in Illinois and nationwide in a second language. This is an impressive group of young people.”