Secretary of Education Susan Bunting recently honored the first students in the state to earn Delaware’s new Certificate of Multiliteracy, which recognizes and honors students for attaining high levels of proficiency in languages in addition to English.

The certificate is Delaware’s version of the Seal of Biliteracy, which is a national response to recognize the importance of language learning both socially and economically. The certificate is a tangible reminder to students of the benefits of bilingualism and multilingualism.

Rep. Joe Miro was the primary sponsor of Delaware’s Certificate of Multiliteracy bill, which was established by House Joint Resolution 4 and signed by Gov. John Carney on July 21.

Beginning this 2017-18 school year, the Department of Education will review applications for the Certificate of Multiliteracy four times a year, in November, February, May and July.

Colonial School District was the first to help students apply for this recognition. Bunting visited William Penn High School to present the certificates to 11 students recognized for achieving high levels of language proficiency in Spanish and in English: Guadalupe Aguilar, Bryan Arrendondo, Emmanuel Balderas Ramirez, Ariana Bernal, Karen Fuentes, Stephanie Gomez, Favian Monroy, Gabriella Ortiz-Ramos, Alison Ramirez, David Ruiz-Garcia and Maricela Tapia-Sanchez.

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