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SCVTHS students and instructors during the first annual Seal of Biliteracy Award Ceremony

(back l-r) SCVTHS students Alexander Scala of Califon, Benjamin Tankel of Warren, Halee Dani of Hillsborough, Nabiya Chaudhry of Bridgewater, Rachel Yuh of Somerset, Christopher Masiello of Hillsborough, Rima Amin of Bridgewater;

(front l-r) SCVTHS Spanish Instructor Ms. Daysi Lakhlif, SCVTHS students Nidhi Shah of Hillsborough, Ayesha Ur-Rehman of Bridgewater, Aarsha Shah of Bridgewater, Dhruvi Mehta of Princeton, SCVTHS Principal Hector Montes, Bhavya Deshaboina of Belle Mead, Alyssa Chang of Hillsborough, Rayyan Alidina of Hillsborough, SCVTHS Supervisor of Academics Ms. Teresa Morelli, and SCVTHS Spanish Instructor Mr. Guillermo Reina pose for a photo during the first annual Seal of Biliteracy Award Ceremony.


On June 1st, Somerset County Vocational & Technical High School (SCVTHS) held its first annual Seal of Biliteracy Award Ceremony. The ceremony was held to recognize the fifteen SCVTHS students who successfully met all criteria to earn the New Jersey Seal of Biliteracy certificate.

The New Jersey State Seal of Biliteracy is an award given by the New Jersey Department of Education (NJDOE) in recognition of students who have studied and attained proficiency in at least one language in addition to English by high school graduation. In order for students to be eligible to receive the Seal of Biliteracy, they must meet certain criteria:

  • Students must demonstrate a proficiency level of Intermediate Mid in a World Language.
  • Students must demonstrate proficiency in English by meeting State high school graduation requirements in English or its alternatives, including through State ELA assessments.

According to the New Jersey Department of Education, the “State Seal of Biliteracy Program (began) in 2016 to help students recognize the value and the tangible benefits of bilingualism. This designation on a student’s high school diploma also provides employers and universities with a method of identifying bilingual candidates, students with 21st century skills, and those who have prioritized the study of other languages and cultures.”

The purpose of the Seal of Biliteracy seeks to:

  • Encourage students to study languages
  • Certify attainment of biliteracy
  • Provide employers with a method of identifying people with language and biliteracy skills
  • Provide universities with a method to recognize and award academic credit to applicants seeking admission
  • Prepare students with 21st century skills
  • Recognize and promote second language instruction in public schools
  • Strengthen intergroup relationships, affirm the value of diversity, and honor the multiple cultures and language of a community

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