The sixth annual California Seal of Biliteracy Award Program was held May 15 at the Sequoia Conference Center to recognize and celebrate 109 graduating high school seniors from eight schools in Humboldt County. The list of recipients and their schools can be found below.

These students achieved a high level of proficiency in speaking, reading, and writing in at least two languages, one of which is English.

The keynote speaker was Adyn McCabe, who was awarded the California Seal of Biliteracy as well as the International Baccalaureate Diploma upon her 2014 graduation from McKinleyville High School.

The keynote speaker was Adyn McCabe, who was awarded the California Seal of Biliteracy as well as the International Baccalaureate Diploma upon her 2014 graduation from McKinleyville High School.

Students who are certified to have the Seal added to their high school diplomas meet rigorous criteria in both English and at least one other language, including grades, written essays, and comprehensive interviews conducted by HSU Department of World Languages and Cultures professors, high school world language teachers and community members, among other requirements.

Nine students throughout the county received the Seal for proficiency in three languages, including some exchange students.

The awards program included a welcome by Dr. Chris Hartley, Humboldt County Superintendent of Schools and personal reflections from two Seal recipients:  Eureka High School’s trilingual (English, Urdu, Spanish) student Saahirah Mahmood and Northcoast Preparatory Academy’s Russian exchange student Omar Gadzhiev, who is also trilingual (Russina, English, French).

The keynote speaker was Adyn McCabe, who was awarded the California Seal of Biliteracy as well as the International Baccalaureate Diploma upon her 2014 graduation from McKinleyville High School. She was an interviewer at this year’s Seal of Biliteracy assessment day and is a recent Spanish and International Studies graduate from HSU. Los Bagels provided catering and Eli Baginski provided harp music.

The Seal of Biliteracy is recognized as a valuable asset for employment, college admission, cultural identity, and personal growth. The program is sponsored by the Humboldt County Office of Education, in partnership with Humboldt State University, College of the Redwoods, and coordinated with each school’s counselors and language teachers.

Arcata High School

Marlin Gast | German
Emma Harris | German
Benjamin Moore | German
Zachary Griffin | German
Scott Ballinger | German
Amanda Harwood | Spanish
Nancy Marshall | Spanish
Kristina McHaney | Spanish
Justus Contant | English
Chloe Schmidt | French
Izak Oien | Spanish
Quinlan Parker | Spanish
Elijah Stockwell | Spanish
Marlie Thornburgh | Spanish
Bridget Walsh | Spanish
Isabel Luu | Spanish
Milo Weller | Spanish

Eureka High School

Karina Ayala | Spanish
Veronica Barnard | Spanish
Stephanie Camacho Duarte | Spanish
Nataly Ccachainca Solano | Spanish/German
Brian Celio Aburto | Spanish
Yaquelin Chávez | Spanish
Haley Claypool | Spanish
Goldie Corona-Thurman | Spanish
Kenneth Dimaunahan | Tagalog
Anais Garcia | Spanish
Elias García-Munguia | Spanish
Jeremiah Jewell | Spanish/German
Steven Johnston | Spanish
John Lazzarotto | Spanish
Molly Lee | Hmong
Milea Lewis | Spanish
Antonio López  | Spanish/ | | German
Saahirah Mahmood | Spanish/Urdu
Gibran Manzo | Spanish
Sergio Manzo | Spanish
José Luís Vasquez-Martínez | Spanish
María Nieto | Spanish
Ingleng Ny | Khmer
Kelly Orellana | Spanish
Hunter Scott | Spanish
Lindsey Scott | Spanish
Mia Tonkin | Spanish
Kimberly Valadez | Spanish
Mariah Victorine | Spanish
Justin Xiong | Hmong
Mathilde Leroy | English
Angelica Rossi | English

McKinleyville High School

Noah Ben-Iesau | French
Kara Burman | French
Jasmine Collins | French
Monica Myers | French
Emily Shapiro | French
Jayde Daynard | Spanish
Megan Witte | Spanish
Margaret French | Spanish
Forrest Wilcox | Spanish
Dallin Fjerstad | Spanish
Isabella Giraud | Spanish
Logan Hansen | Spanish
Nicole Lyell | Spanish
Atziry Melecio Estrada | Spanish
Brian Gómez | Spanish
Marta Villegas Gonzalez | English
Alexis Reis | English

South Fork High School

Estafania Bautista | Spanish
Olivia Baffert | Spanish
Roberto Navarrete | Spanish

Academy of the Redwoods

Chayslin Johnson | Spanish
Gracelynn Trump | Spanish
Abigail Clark | Spanish
Monserratt Carrillo | Spanish

Fortuna High School

Brian Aguilar  | Spanish
Bianca Bautista | Spanish
Giselle Carrillo Ceja | Spanish
Amon Chávez | Spanish
Jocelyn Cortéz Cabrera | Spanish
Eric Durón | Spanish
Iris Escareño Arteaga | Spanish
Hanser Galva Cruz | Spanish
Daniel Hernández Hernández  | Spanish
Rodrigo Hernández Cuevas | Spanish
Alexis Huerta Vera | Spanish
Cristofer Licona Alvarado | Spanish
Carlos Martínez Bernal  | Spanish
Eric Olea  | Spanish
Néstor Olea Herrera | Spanish
Alexis Olea Méndez  | Spanish
Juliana Ortega Miranda | Spanish
Marcos Osorio | Spanish
Juan Patino  | Spanish
Adrian Rodríguez  | Spanish
Lisa Werner  | Italian
Miisa Maki | English
Pauline Willing | English
Marta Majo Dafauce | English
Samuel González | Spanish

Northcoast Preparatory Academy

Erica Davis | Spanish
Aaron Oliphant | French
Ryan Meshulam | French
Fiona Shaughnessy | French
Omar Gadzhiev | French/English/Russian
Gaby Saavedra | Spanish
Jack McLaughlin | Spanish

Six Rivers Charter High School

Sakshi Chandore | English/Hindi/Marathi
Musifirnoor Dibagelen | English/Filipino
Estelle Fuller | French
Gloria Garcia | Spanish