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Lake George Students Receive the NYS Seal of Biliteracy

The Lake George Jr.-Sr. High School World Language Department is proud to announce that seniors Jack Varney, Antonio Chiaravalle, and Isaac Herrick have received the NYS Seal of Biliteracy. 

The Seal of Biliteracy is awarded to students who enroll in the highest level of French or Spanish offered at LGCSD, demonstrate their advanced level of comprehension of written and spoken texts, complete a 4-10 page paper on a topic of their choice, and present their work to a panel of fluent speakers. Following their presentations, each senior conducted a question/answer session in their second language.  

Varney’s presentation was entitled, “El sistemo médico en Guatemala” (The medical system in Guatemala). He chose the topic based on his interest in Guatemala after his family traveled there, and his plan to study biomedical engineering at Dartmouth College in the fall.

Chiaravalle said his presentation, “L’influence de italienne en France” (The influence of Italian in France) was a natural choice based on his Italian heritage and love of history and other cultures. He is planning on studying French at Marist College in the fall.

Herrick presented on the topic, “Le développement de l’art culinaire francais” (The development of French culinary art). He said he really enjoys Asian cooking and wanted to broaden his culinary horizons. He plans to study biomedical engineering at Boston University this fall. 

The students did an incredible job presenting to an audience of their parents, friends, teachers, and administrators, all while in front of a panel of fluent speakers. 

The Seal of Biliteracy is affixed to the student’s high school diploma and transcript; it signifies that the student has attained a high level of proficiency in one World language in addition to English and is biliterate according to criteria set by the NYS Education Department.