Recipients of the 2023 New Jersey Seal of Biliteracy.  (COURTESY MONTCLAIR PUBLIC SCHOOLS)
Recipients of the 2023 New Jersey Seal of Biliteracy.

Some 26 Montclair High School seniors have received the New Jersey Seal of Biliteracy, with honors awarded for proficiency across five languages —  French, Italian, Polish, German and Spanish. 

The Seal of Biliteracy is an official recognition from the state Department of Education. The credential “attests to each recipient’s unwavering dedication to proficiency and global citizenship” and “affirms that these seniors are prepared to utilize the language that they have acquired as they commence their post-secondary pursuits,” a district release says.

“On behalf of the Montclair Public Schools District, we want to congratulate all the 26 NJ Seal of Biliteracy award recipients,” Vicky Chang,  district supervisor of World Languages & ESL, said during a ceremony celebrating the students. 

This was the district’s fourth year participating in the program. 

Of the 26 seals awarded, 15 were earned in Spanish, seven in French, two in German, one in Italian and one in Polish. Two of this year’s recipients are former English Language Learner students.

The winners will receive an official certificate from the state, as well as a medallion to wear at graduation. They were honored at the April 19 Board of Education meeting.

The recipients:


Catherine Carlson

Callum Cavallaro

Roxana Foroughi

Margaret Held

Tristan Morel L’Horset

Dylan Rafael

Sylvie Wurmser


Kai Anderson

Vika Oster


Nicole Mazzeo


Weronika Pariaszewska

Spanish Language & Culture

Sofia Abrahamson

Gael Barker

Salma Benchekroun

Francesca Caldarella

Joe Colwell

Anjel Fierst

Angelica Gallardo

Alexandra Gawler

Ede Koehlert

Alexander Kraus

Natalye Mora Rojas

Amilia Pellerano

Aythana Silverio-Cueva

Caelyn Stahl

Luciana Urquijo

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