Over 200 students honored in Seal of Biliteracy awards ceremonyThursday, 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:
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.”