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Fourteen Wicomico Students Earn Maryland Seal of Biliteracy

Wicomico County Public Schools proudly announces the very first group of Wicomico students to earn the Maryland Seal of Biliteracy for their Maryland High School Diploma.

The Seal of Biliteracy is a state award that recognizes a student’s high level of proficiency in listening, speaking, reading and writing in English and one or more other languages. Through assessments, students can earn the Seal of Biliteracy in either a language they have studied during school, or a language that is part of their family background. Wicomico students had the option to sit for the assessments this spring.

Students who earn the Seal of Biliteracy are able to show colleges and employers that they have the kind of broad, advanced language skills that are critically important to a global society and global economy. Language mastery strengthens cross-cultural communication, honoring the multiple languages and cultures in our communities, our country and our world.


Maryland Seal of Biliteracy, Class of 2019:


Zoe Michelle Bradshaw, Mardela High, French

Maria Luiza Guerra, James M. Bennett High, Portuguese

Sin Woo Lee, Wicomico High, Korean

Britney Mireles Lopez, James M. Bennett High, Spanish

Liyan Lu, Parkside High, Mandarin Simplified

Kinza Pervaiz, Parkside High, Spanish

Leisy Ramirez Adames, James M. Bennett High, Spanish

Jamie Herlande Saintphard, Wicomico High, Haitian Creole

Arlet Zepeda-Santos, Wicomico High, Spanish


This year was the first opportunity for Wicomico County high school students to qualify for the Maryland Seal of Biliteracy. The following members of the Class of 2020 have already passed the Seal of Biliteracy assessments and will graduate with this honor next spring:


Sang Ho Baek, James M. Bennett High, Korean

Yeongju Lee, James M. Bennett High, Korean

Somie Shin, Parkside High, Korean

Vy Tran, James M. Bennett High, Vietnamese

Da Eun Yim, James M. Bennett High, Korean