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Students Recognized For Multilingual Proficiency
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Riverbank Unified School District recognized several Riverbank High School students for earning the Seal of Multilingual Proficiency at a recent school board meeting. At left is board president Ana Vigil, who presented the students with the honors. Photo Contributed

A total of 30 students from Riverbank High School have earned the Seal of Multilingual Proficiency. There were several students recognized for that accomplishment at the Riverbank Unified School District school board meeting on Jan. 16, with the honors presented by Board President Ana Vigil.

“I’m proud that so many students from Riverbank High School voluntarily engaged in the process to earn the Seal of Multilingual Proficiency,” stated Dr. Daryl Camp, Superintendent, Riverbank Unified School District. “Due to the level of difficulty, there were many students from across the county who applied for the Seal and only a few were recognized.”

The students were also honored at the awards night hosted previously by the Stanislaus County Office of Education.

“In order to earn the Seal, students had to write and engage in speaking in at least two languages,” added Camp. “The Seal shows that students are proficient in English and a target language. This is just further evidence that students at RHS are graduating prepared to make a contribution to the community.”

Stanislaus County Office of Education (SCOE) recognizes students that are proficient in English and one other world language by high school graduation with the award, which will appear on the transcript of the graduating senior. This seal is another added accomplishment for students to put on their résumés for potential employers and colleges.

“We need residents who can communicate in multiple languages,” said Camp. “This was the largest group of students from RHS to have earned this special recognition in a single year. Thanks to RHS Spanish teacher, Dulce Flores, for encouraging so many students to engage in this rigorous process.”

There is a process that the students must complete in order to receive the seal. The students had to submit a structured portfolio, be interviewed in English and other languages, and provide an on-demand writing sample in the target language.

The following RHS students received the Seal: Carlos Aguilera, Luis Andrade, Mariah Bazan, Angela Calderon, Adan Calderon III, Marian Duran, Israel Garcia, Alejandra Garcia Ortega, Jonatan Gonzalez, Amanda Guzman, Brittney Guzman, Lizbeth Hernandez, Sylvia Natali Hernandez Ramos, Alondra Ibarra, Fernando Martinez Gonzalez, Daniela Medrano, Magali Murguia, Dolores Navarro, Bianca Padilla, Jacqueline Pantoja, Karen Pompa Sanchez, Jonathan Ponce, Giselle Recendiz, Yuliana Rivera Ramirez, Brian Rodriguez, Kathya Rodriguez Jacobo, Marcela Guadalupe Ruiz Albor, Mariana Uribe Chavez, Anahi Vazquez Vigil, and Cynthia Carolina Verduzco.