Lincoln-Way Students Receive Seal of Biliteracy
Thursday, April 25, 2019

On April 24, 2019, Lincoln-Way 210 honored more than 200 students from across the District for their language accomplishments in Spanish, German, French, Chinese and English.

The Seal of Biliteracy is a State-wide recognition given to graduating seniors who demonstrate proficiency in two or more languages. To receive the Seal of Biliteracy or to be a Commended Student in the Seal of Biliteracy, students must score a 540 on the English Language Arts portion of the SAT, a composite score of 21 on the ACT and pass the STAMP test.

This year, Lincoln-Way had 127 projected Commendation students and 102 projected Seal Recipients.

The Seal of Biliteracy allows students to market themselves and earn college credits at public universities in Illinois,” said Amy Ficarello, Lincoln-Way West World Language Department Chair.

Student presenters addressed the audience throughout the event in German, French, Spanish and Chinese, sharing their appreciation for culture and language learning.

“The German, Spanish, French or Chinese languages are not barriers, they are tools that connect people,” said Jacob Melone, whose second language is German.

“Learning and living a new language is not easy, but it’s more than worth it,” said Marina Bisnotto Melo, whose second language is English. “It’s a process that takes time, effort, determination, and it’s rarely done solely. “

“Speaking French gives me more confidence in myself because I know I have another way of communicating with others and changing their lives,” said Catherine Miles, whose second language is French.
Katlyn Glatz, a 2006 Lincoln-Way East graduate and director at Kaplan International English School in Chicago, was this year’s guest speaker.

“I like to think of language as a key. A physical key,” she said. “This universal key opens every doorway in the world to a path of understanding and empathy. I've always joked that if I could have any super power in the world, it would be to speak every single language on the planet fluently. But I've also learned that you don't need to know dozens of languages to fully appreciate the world around you.”

The Seal of Biliteracy event also recognized language “superstars” from Lincoln-Way feeder junior high schools.