Gold, Silver or Bronze Biliteracy Awards were granted for outstanding achievements

The Seal of Biliteracy honors 25 BCSD graduating seniors
Posted on 07/07/2020
Seal of Biliteracy

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Tuesday, July 7, 2020

25 Beaufort County students honored
for their foreign language proficiency

BEAUFORT – The South Carolina Department of Education has recognized 25 Beaufort County School District graduating seniors for their outstanding achievements in foreign language studies.

The Seal of Biliteracy honors students who demonstrate proficiency in both English and at least one additional world language by their graduations.

The 25 Beaufort County students were honored with Gold, Silver or Bronze Biliteracy Awards based on their English grade-point averages throughout high school as well as their qualifying scores on language proficiency exams.

“The benefits of proficiency in more than one language are growing steadily for South Carolinians,” the Department of Education said.  “Students who have already demonstrated a functional level of proficiency in English and at least one other language will have an edge in a competitive job market.”

The state agency said its Seal of Biliteracy award “gives South Carolina students an opportunity to provide evidence displaying their language proficiency to universities and employers.”

Beaufort County students recognized were:

  • Bluffton High – Yakelin Castro (Gold in Spanish); Carlos Agosta, Joel Campa, Heidi Chavelas, Renata Martinez, Tamara Martinez-Hernandez and Bailey Yang (Silver in Spanish); and Osmi Lopez (Bronze in Spanish).

  • May River High – Liz Iglesias (Silver in French and Spanish); Emma Drury, Taylor Gilmore, Maria Navarro-Cordero, Mia Vincenti Abella, Dayana Orjuela, Madison Nunez and Gustavo Medina (Bronze in Spanish).

  • Battery Creek High – Alex Barradas Perez and Brian Villatoro (Silver in Spanish); Andrea Martinez, Leybin Castellano, David Masis Marin, Biara Ortega Morales and Heidy Ramirez- Apolinar (Bronze in Spanish).

  • Beaufort High – Jose Restrepo (Silver in Spanish).

  • Hilton Head Island High – Caitlyn Owen (Bronze in Spanish).