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8 High School Students Present their Fluency in Seal of Biliteracy at OCC

On April 9, 8 students from Cortland High School traveled to Onondaga Community College to present their fluency in the Seal of Biliteracy.

The New York State Seal of Biliteracy (NYSSB) recognizes high school Seniors who have attained a high level of proficiency in listening, speaking, reading, and writing in one or more languages, in addition to English.

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 with 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.

To earn the Seal, mastery of two languages must be shown by the successful completion of a variety of original student products encompassing reading, writing, speaking, listening, and cultural knowledge.

Tess Engst Mansilla said, "Being able to present on the topic I had spent all year researching was an amazing culminating experience for me and I highly recommend it to anyone who has an interest in languages."

Congratulations to the following 8 students: Elyssa Yonta, Kara Perkins, Tess Engst-Mansilla, Alexis Crandall, Ella Wilson, Joslyn Phalen, David Parker, and Michael Jewett!



Mr. Michael J. Hoose, Superintendent

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Cortland, NY 13045

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