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PRESS RELEASE: MHUSD Eighty-Six High School Seniors Awarded Seal of Biliteracy


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PRESS RELEASE— June 16, 2017 —  Doubling last year’s numbers, MHUSD awarded eighty-six high school seniors the highly coveted Seal of Biliteracy along with their diplomas. The State Seal of Biliteracy program recognizes high school graduates who have attained a high level of proficiency in speaking, reading, and writing one or more languages in addition to English.

Sobrato High School conferred 40 awards, 36 for Spanish and four for French, while Live Oak High School awarded 46 seniors with the Seal, 45 for Spanish and one for French. With growing awareness of the Seal of Biliteracy, many high school students are beginning to set their academic sites on adding this achievement to their lists of accolades for college applications.

“Being able to speak, read, and write in multiple languages lifts these students ahead in the job market,” said Superintendent Steve Betando about the award. “Students who are biliterate can communicate directly with so many more people in this world –  the number of native Spanish speakers in the world is more than 400 million. The Seal of Biliteracy is truly another ticket to global access. The momentum for this award is growing exponentially, and I’m excited to see how our numbers continue to grow.”

Live Oak and Sobrato High School language teachers actively support and encourage students to choose the pathway to biliteracy. Students who achieve the required level of biliteracy, and earn the State Seal of Biliteracy have demonstrated a competency in an area that gives them a fast pass to success in today’s global job network. Communicating by the written and spoken word in two or more languages puts them at the front of the line as a valuable asset in any industry.