Fennville Students Earn Seal of Biliteracy
During the 2019 graduation ceremony at Fennville High School, a new distinction will be recognized, when seven students are announced as recipients of the Michigan Seal of Biliteracy. One junior also already earned the distinction and will be recognized in graduation ceremonies next school year.
The Michigan Seal of Biliteracy certifies that students were able to demonstrate high academic proficiency in both English and a second language, with rigorous academic standards required of students in both languages. Michigan introduced the program last year to promote and recognize the distinction of bilingual and bilateral high school graduates, and to encourage other students to pursue language proficiency in multiple languages.
This is the first year Fennville High School participated in the program, and with eight students earning the Seal of Biliteracy distinction, it establishes Fennville as one of the most successful language schools in West Michigan.
Fennville High School Spanish and EL Lead Teacher Stacy Thiele promoted the program in Fennville, encouraging students to push themselves to the high level of achievement required to earn the Seal of Biliteracy.
According the Thiele, the distinction took significant commitment from the students who earned the Seal of Biliteracy.
“The Seal of Biliteracy program aims to recognize and highlight the value of learning and maintaining a language and culture, to increase Michigan’s global competitiveness, and to recognize the skills and knowledge gained from beyond the classroom,” Thiele said. “It takes quite a bit of effort and skill to earn the Seal. I am are very proud and excited to announce that eight students qualified for the Seal! This first group helped establish what we plan to be one of the highlights of a Fennville education in world language and culture.”