Eleven Mendota High School students have been recognized as “2015-2016 Illinois State Seal of Biliteracy and State Commendation toward Biliteracy” scholars. The prestigious award is given annually by the Illinois State Board of Education to deserving students. There were 54 Illinois State Seal of Biliteracy participating school districts for school year 2015-2016. Honored Illinois public high school graduates who demonstrate a high level of proficiency in four domains in: English, and a language other than English are eligible to earn the seal. An official seal will be placed on the diplomas and confer official recognition on transcripts of those students who qualify. Two honors are available: The Seal of Biliteracy and the Commendation toward Biliteracy. The Seal of Biliteracy is awarded to those whose proficiency level is equivalent to the Intermediate High scale set by the American Council on Teaching of Foreign Languages. The Commendaiton of Biliteracy is awarded to students who proficiency level is rated at Intermediate Low or Intermediate Mid in a second language. Mendota High School selection was based on English language scores assessed using either the ACT English subscore, PARCC language arts subscore, ACCESS for ELLS reading and writing subscores, or the ACTFL Assessment of Performance toward Proficiency in languages (AAPPL) Measure. Students at MHS proved proficiency in foreign language by taking the Advanced Placement (AP) Langauge and Culture exam in the foreign language of Spanish. While this distinguished recognition does not include a monetary prize, recipients are encouraged to cite the honor on applications for college admission and scholarships and increased employment opportunities.
The following Mendota High School students have been named 2016 graduates with the State Seal of Biliteracy: McKennon Escatel, son of Joseph and Sara Escatel; Amador Nanez, son of Amador Nanez, Sr.; Alissa Orozco, daughter of Jose and Valentina Orozco; and Luis Rodriguez, son of Jaime and Victoria Rodriguez. 2016 graduates who earned the Commendation of Biliteracy: Davy Arteaga, son of Miguel and Maria Arteaga; Bailey Beetz, daughter of Joe and Cindy Beetz; Fabian Espinoza, son of Eriberto and Augustina Espinoza; Aldo Figueroa, son of Mario Figueroa. Anticipated Class of 2017 graduates who are qualified to graduate with biliteracy honors: Esmerelda Arteaga, daughter of Felicitas Casas, Seal of Biliteracy; Liliana Rodrigues, daughter of Dennis and Rosa Watson, Seal of Biliteracy; Jon Quintana, son of Armando and Elizabeth Quintana, Commendation of Biliteracy.
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