Berkshire Local School District is pleased to announce that two 2019 seniors, Josiah Cheung and Diego Peters, received the Ohio Seal of Biliteracy. The Ohio Seal of Biliteracy program was initiated in the 2018-2019 school year by the state and is now one of 36 states to offer the seal of biliteracy. The Ohio Seal of Biliteracy recognizes graduating seniors that demonstrate high levels of proficiency in English and at least one other language. Josiah and Diego accomplished this level in English and Spanish. Proficiency is the ability of an individual to communicate spontaneously in non-rehearsed contexts with a high degree of ability. It is also one’s high aptitude to comprehend, read and write in real life situations. Among other reasons, the purpose of the Ohio Seal of Biliteracy is to encourage the study of languages, prepare students with 21st century skills and affirm the value of diversity. College admissions offices, military recruiters and employers all seek graduates who are highly developed linguistically and cross- culturally.
Josiah Cheung is attending Calvin University in Grand Rapids, Michigan this fall and will double major in Spanish and Business. According to Josiah, right now he is figuring out his routine and enjoying his classes, new friends and new environment. He says that he is comfortable and prepared in his Spanish class.
Diego Peters, a freshman at The Ohio State University, will major in Biomedical Engineering. As a new student at the university, Diego is very happy to have met many nice people. He feels that speaking a second language is really helpful in that it allows you to understand different viewpoints in a new way. He added, “It is really nice when traveling abroad.” Included below are pictures of both young men as they embark on their college careers.
Berkshire Local School District congratulates both of them on this accomplishment and wish them many future successes!