Lincoln-Way Students honored in Seal of Biliteracy Awards Ceremony
Friday, April 21, 2017

On the evening of April 19, 2017, in the Fine Arts Center at Lincoln-Way Central High School, District 210 recognized 109 students for their language accomplishments in Spanish, German, French, Chinese, and English.

Students throughout the district were honored in an awards ceremony as part of an elite group of language students. Department Chair Peg Bobber welcomed families and friends of the recognized students. Language teachers Linda Egnatz, Katie O’Connell, and Laura Slusarski addressed the audience.

“As your teachers, we cannot wait to hear where you go next,” said O’Connell. “Whether or not you plan to continue the study of your language, we hope that our classes have taught you that real growth happens outside of your comfort zone. So get out there guys, and get growing…The best is yet to come.”

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.

Students addressed the audience in five different languages, stating their appreciation for culture and language learning. Translations of their speeches were projected onto a screen so that the audience was able to follow along.

Department Chair Peg Bobber closed the ceremony by congratulating the students. “Students, we are so proud of your commitment to gain proficiency in reading, writing, listening and speaking languages. As you can see, you are part of a very select group of students—approximately 6 percent—in our district. You have attained a level of proficiency that will continue to enhance your life experiences.” Following the ceremony, students enjoyed refreshments and snacks in celebration with their teachers and families.