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High school seniors earn the Seal of Biliteracy

Seventeen Charles County Public Schools (CCPS) seniors recently earned the State of Maryland Seal of Biliteracy. The recognition is given to students and educators who have studied and attained proficiency in two or more languages and can be used as a credential for academic and employment purposes. 

Ashlyn Young, a La Plata High School senior, was introduced to Spanish by her mother, Andrea Young, a former Spanish teacher who is an assistant principal with Calvert County Public Schools. “It is only a benefit to learn a second language,” Young said. For Jennifer Jaime Mestichelli, another La Plata senior, earning the seal was a test of lifelong study. “I’m a heritage speaker,” she said. “I wanted to see where my Spanish speaking level was and use it to help people.”

The Seal of Biliteracy was adopted by Maryland in 2016. Earlier this school year, five CCPS staff members earned the Global Seal of Biliteracy recognition.

Students who earned the credential are:

  • Delmy Palmer, Henry E. Lackey High School, Spanish.
  • Esperanza Beaucicaut, Lackey, French and Haitian Creole.
  • Aastha Patel, La Plata High School, Spanish.
  • Jennifer Jaime Mestichelli, La Plata, Spanish.
  • Ashlyn Young, La Plata, Spanish.
  • Lizbeth Chagolla, Maurice J. McDonough High School, Spanish.
  • Jazmin Huarancca, McDonough, Spanish.
  • Martha Bustillo Bonilla, McDonough, Spanish.
  • Jason Haley, McDonough, Spanish.
  • Kisanet Abraha, McDonough, Tigrinya.
  • Abner Torres Vasquez, St. Charles High School, Spanish.
  • Dina Jones, Thomas Stone High School, Spanish.
  • Luciano Saravia, Thomas Stone, Spanish.
  • Wilfredo Castillo Jr., Thomas Stone, Spanish.
  • Axel Montoya Avila, Thomas Stone, Spanish.
  • Catherine Acosta-Delfin, Thomas Stone, Spanish.
  • Nomar Lizardi Vargas, Westlake High School, Spanish.

About CCPS
Charles County Public Schools provides 27,000 students in grades prekindergarten through 12 with an academically challenging education. Located in Southern Maryland, Charles County Public Schools has 37 schools that offer a technologically advanced, progressive and high quality education that builds character, equips for leadership and prepares students for life, careers and higher education.

The Charles County public school system does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, religion, national origin, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, age or disability in its programs, activities or employment practices. For inquiries, please contact Kathy Kiessling, Title IX/ADA/Section 504 Coordinator (students) or Nikial M. Majors, Title IX/ADA/Section 504 Coordinator (employees/ adults), at Charles County Public Schools, Jesse L. Starkey Administration Building, P.O. Box 2770, La Plata, MD 20646; 301-932-6610/301-870-3814. For special accommodations call 301-934-7230 or TDD 1-800-735-2258 two weeks prior to the event.

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