Lincoln-Way Recognizes Students for Biliteracy Skills
Thursday, April 23, 2015

Nearly 90 Lincoln-Way students were recognized for demonstrating a high level of skill in two languages during the districts second annual Seal of Biliteracy Award Ceremony on Tuesday.

Last year, Lincoln-Way students were the first in the state to qualify for the new state Seal of Biliteracy award, following passage of a state law that established the program.

We are proud to once again offer Lincoln-Ways Seal of Biliteracy to our top language students, said Superintendent R. Scott Tingley. Its a tremendous accomplishment to read, speak and write in two languages.

The state Seal of Biliteracy is added to a students high school transcript, demonstrating mastery level work in English and at least one other language.

This language mastery is especially important in our global society, Tingley said. The opportunity to learn and become fluent in several languages will give our students a tremendous competitive advantage in college and the global business community.

Lincoln-Way World Language Chairs Peg Bobber and Carollyn Mushro and the districts World Languages teachers have contributed to the success of the program. Lincoln-Way teacher Linda Egnatz has been a strong voice for the seal program across the nation and was named the 2014 National World Language Teacher of the Year.

During the Awards Ceremony, several students provided welcoming remarks in their second language and discussed how language proficiency will help advance their college and career goals.

Lincoln-Way District 210 offers world language classes in French, German, Spanish, Latin, Mandarin Chinese and English as a second language.

Instructors are: Robert Arentz, Carol Book, Linda Egnatz, Amy Ficarello, Dawn Floyd, Lisa Goetsch, Robin Jurkiewicz, Kathleen Jurczak-Miller, Sean Maher, Alexandra Marquez, Suzanne Marzano, James Nair, Kathleen OConnell, Karoline Pasbrig, Emily Pedziwiatr, Aaron Raatjes, Lynnae Ryan, Amanda Rybicki, Laura Rycyna, Jackie Savage, Randy Schumacher, Julia Seidel, Brian Shannon, Laura Slusarski, Veronica Tylka-Shaw, Brooke Vesely, Holly Wang, Christine Zamora, and Elizabeth Zaplatosch.

Students recognized during the program for biliteracy in Spanish include Rachel Alexander, David Arnold, Ryan Arnold, Kelsey Bailey, Jackson Bax, Anthony Brattoli, Sabrina Bruozas, Mark Brown, Michael Brynda, Sedona Cady, Gretchen Carlson, Jessica Catania, Nicholas Cesario, Puja Chugh, Michael Collins, Kaitlyn Connors, Alyson Conrath, Kylie Cousins, Abby Couwenhoven, Alison DeBruyn, Pamela Doody, Michael Enright, Nicolette Esparza, Reilly Faber, Jacquelin Farquhar, Nora Fialkowski, Natasha Fields, Sara Groth, Thomas Hamilton, Kenichi Haynie, Emily Heerde, Kelley Heynen, Justine Ivanov.

Additional students recognized for biliteracy in Spanish include Anant Joshi, Katelyn Kavanaugh, Maura Kenny, Kayla Kieffer, Joyce Kim, Jesenia Kolimas, Annie Kroen, John Laschober, Alexandra Lockhart, Justin Markus, William Martinzez, Devin McCahey, Natalie McCray, Patrick McGuire, Brianna McKenna, Ryan Meade, Sarah Mikolajczak, Hannah Miller, Rachael Miller, Colten Moss, Alyssa Murray, Morgan Murray, Sarah Ortman, Luke Powell, Daniel Provis, Caitlin Rinke, Matthew Ryl-Kuchar, Paige Schedin, Jessica Sheetz, Carly Smith, Rachel Soch, Rachel Twohig, Alexis Vanderlee, Natassia Velazquez, Luiza Vitucci, Jackson Waters, Allison White, Jessica White and Ryan Zelenika.

Students recognized for billiteracy in French include Hope Barry, Caroline Floyd, Madeline McLaughlin, Nickolas Olson, and Miranda St. Amour.

Students recognized for biliteracy in German include Michael Brezinski, Bradley Brown, Claire Hilgenbrink, Andrew Hoyle, Logan Janicki, Patrick Kelly, Timothy Larkin, John Pursel, Tyler Stoklosa, and Cesar Zavala

Students recognized for biliteracy in English include Maricruz Chavez-Zepeda and Yerandi Hernandez.