News Release, Calvert County Public Schools

Twenty-seven Calvert County students have earned the Maryland Seal of Biliteracy by demonstrating a high level of proficiency in listening, speaking, reading, and writing in one or more languages in addition to English.

Dr. Daniel D. Curry, Superintendent, said, “We recognize that students who speak more than one language have an advantage when they graduate and begin a career or higher education. Some of these students are native speakers of other languages who have mastered English, and some have learned a world language in our schools. We are proud of all of them and look forward to seeing them wear their medals at graduation.”

To be awarded the Seal of Biliteracy, students must earn high scores on both the English Language Arts portion of the Maryland Comprehensive Assessment Program (MCAP) and on either an Advanced Placement exam or another world language assessment that is aligned to the American Council on the Teaching of Foreign Languages (ACTFL) proficiency guidelines.

The students who earned the Seal of Biliteracy and their language of proficiency are:

Calvert High

  • Chinar Beknazarova, Turkmen
  • Jessica Misiorek, Spanish
  • Shivang Parekhji, Gujarati
  • Maaz Rahman, Urdu
  • Umar Shah, Urdu
  • Susana Soriano, Spanish
  • Paola Sotomayor Vegilla, Spanish
  • Heydi Vasquez Saenz, Spanish
  • Gabrielle Vicmudo, Tagalog
  • JingJing Xu, Chinese

Huntingtown High

  • Carlos Balazs, Spanish
  • Gabriella Smith, Spanish

Northern High

  • Jenna Carpenter, Spanish
  • Joseph Crunkleton, Spanish
  • Kendall Dent, Spanish
  • Sarah Donaldson, Spanish
  • Logan Douglas, Spanish
  • Mae Howlin, Spanish
  • Jenna Mehls, Spanish
  • Gabriel Mignardi, Spanish
  • Viena Rachel Osorio, Spanish
  • Haylee Plaudis, Spanish
  • Victoria Plaudis, Spanish
  • Samantha Plumley, Spanish
  • Jenna Smith, Spanish
  • Hannah Zwick, Spanish

Patuxent High

  • Sabrina Rodriguez, Spanish

Additional students may qualify for the Seal of Biliteracy when Advanced Placement scores are received in early July.

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