The NYSSB recognizes high school graduates who have attained and can demonstrate a high level of proficiency in listening, speaking, reading and writing in more than one language.
The intent of the NYSSB is to encourage the study of languages; identify high school graduates with language and biliteracy skills for employers; provide universities with additional information about applicants seeking admission; prepare students for twenty-first century skills; recognize the value of foreign and native language instruction in schools; and affirm the value of diversity in a multilingual society.
This year, a record number of students participated in the Seal of Biliteracy program through the Jefferson-Lewis BOCES consortium and collaboration with participating local school districts. For the first time, students from Chateaugay Central School in Franklin county participated, joining those in Jefferson, Lewis, St. Lawrence and Oswego counties.
Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, final presentations by participating students took place virtually May 19 through May 24.
Each student’s final presentation took place before a panel of judges made up of local foreign language instructors. The presentation focused on what the student had learned about the culture during the course of the project, all the while communicating in a second language.
Students earning the Seal of Biliteracy received a virtual certificate and other items. The Seal of Biliteracy is placed on each student’s high school diploma upon graduation.
The following students from Chateaugay Central School earned the Seal of Biliteracy — included with the name of the student is their second language and the name of their presentation.
Chloe Boyea, daughter of Justin and Paula Boyea of Chateaugay, NY: Catholicism in Mexico. Chloe is a senior who loves and excels at World Languages and her native language of English. She has taken both Spanish and French at an advanced pace via independent studies. Chloe will be attending Notre Dame to major in Neuroscience and Behavior. Her love of languages is fueled by her desire to be able to understand people and empathize or help them. According to Chloe, “ It’s much easier to do that when I can speak, face to face, to them in an easy and relaxed way. I think the key to peace between people is mutual understanding because it’s important to know who someone is and where they’re coming from.”
Jordyn Holbrook, daughter of Michelle Holbrook of Chateaugay, NY: Health Care in Latin America. Jordyn is a senior who will be attending the University of New England in Biddeford, Maine to study medical biology on a doctor of Osteopathic medicine pathway. She has taken Spanish, French at Chateaugay Central at an advanced pace, and has done coursework on the distance learning network in Mandarin Chinese, and Russian and independently learned German during the pandemic. “I want to be able to use my languages to travel the world and help people in underserved areas that may not otherwise have access. It will allow me to experience different cultures and see an abundance of different perspectives. Having these languages as I move toward becoming a doctor, and in everyday life, will help me connect to people.” says Jordyn.
Congratulations Chloe and Jordyn!