VCS Students Earn Florida Seal of Biliteracy

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DELAND – More than 300 graduates from the Volusia County Schools Class of 2021 earned the Florida Seal of Biliteracy distinction by achieving proficiency in another language, in addition to English.

The purpose of the state award is to prepare students with the language and culture skills that will benefit them in the marketplace. The program encourages students to study world languages and cultures and provides employers and colleges a formal method for identifying applicants who have achieved language diversity. The state of Florida created the Seal of Biliteracy program four years ago.

Two levels – gold and silver – are awarded based on world language course credits earned and test scores, in addition to a student’s reading and writing test scores for English language. The seal is placed on the graduate’s diploma and added to their official transcript.

The VCS Class of 2021 earned 237 gold seals, 73 silver seals, and another 47 are pending, awaiting results from their AP, IB, or Cambridge AICE exams. The students earned the distinction for a variety of languages – American Sign Language, Arabic, Bengali, French, German, Japanese, Mandarin Chinese, Spanish, and Urdu.

Students from all 10 high schools earned Seals of Biliteracy – with three VCS students graduating with two seals, meaning they are proficient in two languages in addition to English. They are Jacobo Quinones, DeLand High School -- gold in French and silver in Spanish; Lauren Grace Rivera, Spruce Creek High School – gold in both French and Spanish; and Molly Grace Li Wagner, Spruce Creek High School – gold in French and silver in Mandarin Chinese.

picture of Lauren Rivera
picture of Molly Wagner
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Lauren Rivera Molly Wagner Jacobo Quinones

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