32 Lexington Two students qualify for Biliteracy Seal

WEST COLUMBIA, SC -- Thirty-two Lexington Two students qualified for the first South Carolina Seal of Biliteracy, an award from the SC Department of Education that recognizes students who have attained a functional level of proficiency in English and another language by graduation.

“The South Carolina Seal of Biliteracy advances the state's commitment to preparing every learner for college- and career-readiness in an increasingly international community by recognizing learners who attain levels of proficiency in English and at least one other world language required in the global workforce,” the department said in a statement announcing the recognition. The Seal of Biliteracy serves to certify attainment of biliteracy for students, employers and universities.

Among the Lexington Two students recognized:


Ruidong Chen:  Chinese (Mandarin)

Ernesto Ortiz-Montero: Spanish

Xochitl Lopez-Lagunes: Spanish

Lorenzo Culebro-Gonzalez: Spanish

Lied Dyana Hernandez:  Spanish

Mayra Gissel Lozano Roman: Spanish

Destani Hough: Latin

Jacob Reed: Latin



Alondra Diaz: Spanish

Stefhani Joana Lopez Lopez: Spanish

Emily Ortega Lopez: Spanish

Ricardo Morales-Gonzalez: Spanish

Alma Pahua: Spanish

Paola Rafael Perez: Spanish

Amber Walker: Spanish

Angel Anderson: Spanish

Jaide Vazquez-Velez: Spanish

Ja' Shon Muller: Spanish

Julia Lampley: Spanish

MaKayla Lykes: Spanish

Ronald Mims: Spanish

Autumn Jackson: French

Hannah Fisher:  French

Kayla Bouknight: French

Kristin Easterwood: French

Logan Ellis: French

Kimberly Rojas: French

Sarah Ouellette: French

Sydney Tronco: French

Nicholas Hannah: German

Trace Wingard: German

Miriam Mena-Cartagena: Spanish

"The Seal of Biliteracy is an honor and a celebration of the accomplishments of both native English speakers and those for whom English is a second language,” said Carla Stegall, coordinator of ESOL/Title III for Lexington Two.  “This seal will be seen by future employers as proof of dual language proficiency, and some universities even provide course credit and will exempt students from language classes. South Carolina is home to many international companies who are looking to hire bilingual employees, and this accomplishment will serve as yet another qualification for job seekers."

The recognition may take the form of a seal on the diploma or a separate certificate, and it may include a notation that appears on the transcript of the graduating senior.

In addition to South Carolina, 33 states and Washington D.C. have approved Seals of Biliteracy.  The seal supports the state’s emphasis on The Profile of the South Carolina Graduate, which underscores the need for world class knowledge, world class skills, and life and career characteristics that today’s graduates need for college and career success.