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More than 90 BCPS seniors earn Maryland Seal of Biliteracy

TOWSON, MD—Ninety-two Baltimore County Public Schools seniors have earned the Maryland Seal of Biliteracy this year, an honor that recognizes their high proficiency in listening, speaking, reading, and writing in one or more languages other than English.

The award is presented by the state through Baltimore County Public Schools. BCPS is one of 20 Maryland counties along with Baltimore City that have participated in the program since its adoption in 2016. Begun in California in 2011, the Seal of Biliteracy is offered in 36 states and Washington, D.C. In its first year of availability in BCPS, 202 students earned the Seal of Biliteracy.

“Baltimore County schools recognizes the tremendous value and importance of ensuring that our graduates are proficient in multiple languages as they enter a world of increasingly global economic competition, social awareness, and cultural appreciation,” said BCPS Superintendent Dr. Darryl L. Williams. “So we congratulate these superlative students for their hard work and determination to earn this distinction and enhance their abilities to become true citizens of the world.”

Including this year’s honorees, a total of 371 BCPS students have qualified for the Seal of Biliteracy since 2016, but more may soon be added to their number. “We expect many more seals to be earned following this year’s Advanced Placement exam results,” said Jennifer Hernandez, director of the BCPS Office of World Languages and English for Speakers of Other Languages. “This achievement is also a testament to the hard work of our World Languages teachers at the elementary, middle, and high school level.”

2020 Seal of Biliteracy Recipients

Catonsville High School
Anna Argueta Giolotti – English & Spanish

Chesapeake High School
Joseph Agueta-Gutierrez – English & Spanish
Mohaimen Al Karm – English & Arabic
Stephanie Chavarria – English & Spanish
Bianca Darago – English & Spanish
Brianna Hawes – English & Spanish
Yoriam Laboy – English & Spanish
Boswell Pesienji – English & French
Alejandra Posadas – English & Spanish
Jennifer Torres – English & Spanish

Dulaney High School
Benjamin Bilo – English & Spanish
Ethan Hu – English & Chinese
Aimable Mugwaneza – English & French
Sarah Shen – English & Spanish
Victor Shi – English & Chinese
Anna Tang – English & Chinese
Anne Wang – English & French
Benjamin Yin – English & Chinese

Dundalk High School
Joselyn Chicas Barrera – English & Spanish
Yalile Garcia Gonzalez – English & Spanish
Astrid Matta – English & Spanish
Lizbeth Rodriguez-Hernandez – English & Spanish

Eastern Technical High School
Cindy Castillo – English & Spanish
Aneisa Jangbahadur – English & Spanish
Kara Kaskel – English & Spanish
Dimitrios Kostrivas – English & Greek
Sarah Lutz – English & Spanish
Alexander Ramirez – English & Spanish
Naeha Regmi – English & Spanish
Kamalmeet Singh – English & Spanish
Yuriria Vásquez – English & Spanish
Michael Vittini-Ponceano – English & Spanish

Franklin High School
Isabella Garcia – English & Spanish
Ruth Martinez-Guevara – English & Spanish
Leah Suvorovsky – English & Russian

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George Washington Carver Center for Arts & Technology
Alyamira Alvarado Saucedo – English & Spanish
Margo Deguet Delury – English & French
Hazel Gao – English & Spanish
Malika Ndam – English & French
Claire Roberts – English & Spanish
Saraiya Rogers – English & Spanish
Hannah Simmons – English & Spanish
Martin Paolo Tayag – English & Japanese
Christien Wills – English & French

Hereford High School
Evan Barnard – English & Spanish
Gustavo Mejias Torres – English & Spanish
Megan O’Donovan – English & Spanish
Molly Szymanski – English & French

Lansdowne High School
Marco Gutierrez – English & Spanish
Lissette Molina – English & Spanish
Katherine Rios Torrico – English & Spanish
Luis Rodriguez Bernasconi – English & Spanish
Cristina Rodriguez Fernandez – English & Spanish

Loch Raven High School
Abigail Flores – English & Spanish
Eslie Kouandi – English & French
Andy Zhao – English & Chinese

Milford Mill Academy
Jennifer Salazar-Garcia – English & Spanish

Owings Mills High School
Jelvin Del Cid Aparicio – English & Spanish
Larry Hatfield – English & Spanish
Ann-Lory Pierre – English & French

Patapsco High School & Center for the Arts
Karlos Garcia – English & Spanish

Perry Hall High School
Kaila Chen – English & Chinese
Cassie Li – English & Chinese
Amy Lin – English & Chinese
Michelle Lopez – English & Spanish
Fidel Rosales Sanchez – English & Spanish
Whitney Wang – English & Chinese
Christina Zhang – English & Chinese

Pikesville High School
Estephanie Encarnacio Riopedre – English & Spanish

Sparrows Point High School
Kathy Peralta Guachun – English & Spanish

Towson High School
Adjoa Baidoo – English & French
Kojo Baidoo – English & Spanish
Andrew Cherif – English & French
Melissa Grogan – English & French
Nadia Karber – English & French
Mason Keefer – English & Spanish
Hannah Lechtzin – English & Spanish
Casimir Moreau – English & Spanish
Micah Polksy – English & Spanish
Sarah Prem – English & Spanish
Juliana Salehi – English & Spanish
Irene Sung – English & Spanish
Hsin-Yen Tu – English & Chinese
Simon Younes – English & French

Western School of Technology
Hameenat Adekoya – English & Spanish
Jackeline Alvarez Hernandez – English & Spanish
Tijesunimi Borode – English & Spanish
Abdallah Ouattara – English & French
José Romero – English & Spanish
Daniel Umana – English & Spanish

Woodlawn High School
Rossanlex De La Crux – English & Spanish
Jordi Martinez Zabala – English & Spanish

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