Global Seal of Biliteracy Awarded to BT Students

Monday, March 28, 2022

Ten Blessed Trinity seniors have met the criteria to receive the Global Seal of Biliteracy Certification. This seal celebrates their accomplishments and certifies their language proficiency in two or more languages. Forty-two U.S. states plus the District of Columbia currently have a form of a State Seal of Biliteracy. 

The following students have earned the seal in Spanish: Hayley Bernard, Alexandra Cabrera, Maria Kommer, Isaac Perez (not pictured) and Diana Soza, while these students have earned the seal in French: Elizabeth Freeman, Sammy Rizzo, Ryan Scott (not pictured), Gauthier Valery (not pictured) and Chiara Zaccagnino.

The Global Seal of Biliteracy, implemented this year at Blessed Trinity by the World Language Department, is intended to enhance our students’ future educational and professional opportunities. The seal is their language passport; it documents their language achievement to be recognized by schools and individuals across the globe. Students can increase job opportunities and provide employers with a credential documenting their skills for hiring or receiving extra pay for being biliterate. Being biliterate goes beyond being bilingual; somebody bilingual can speak two languages, while a biliterate person can read, write, comprehend content, and talk.

To qualify for this prestigious certification, the student must be a senior that has completed their English requirements with an overall 3.0 or above grade point average. The student has also demonstrated proficiency in one or more languages other than English by obtaining a score of 4 or higher on a foreign language advanced placement examination.