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EI Inducts WLHS Members, Debuts Seal of Biliteracy

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East Islip High School held its 38th annual World Language Honor Society induction ceremony on May 26, featuring a new highlight, the recognition of the school’s first three successful New York State Seal of Biliteracy candidates.

During the ceremony, 17 students were inducted in American Sign Language, with the oath led by Lilyana Tarquinio; 10 were inducted in French, with the oath led by Kelly Waldron and Allie Benowitz; 17 were inducted in Italian, with the oath led by Jack Bolen; and 46 were inducted in Spanish, with the oath led by Rayanne Abdelbaky.

During the 2021-2022 academic school year, East Islip piloted the Seal of Biliteracy program, which recognizes the efforts of students who have studied and attained a high level of proficiency in English and another language before high school graduation.

Seniors Rayanne Abdelbaky, Victoria Gonzalez and Chiara Mosca completed their culminating Seal of Biliteracy projects on April 13, which met the criteria upheld by the New York State Education Department. They were awarded the Seal of Biliteracy in Spanish, an honor that will be attached to their diplomas as well as high school transcripts.

“We began this journey several years ago, and it is a delight to see our shared vision come to fruition with these fantastic young women,” said Dr. Robert J. Wottawa II, the district’s director of art, ENL, music and world languages. “We are so very proud of their accomplishments and know that they each will have a very bright future.”

World Language Honor Society adviser Giuseppe Costa and Superintendent John Dolan also addressed the honor society’s inductees.

“Tonight is an outcome and a celebration, but there’s a process to being successful and you know what that process is,” Dolan said. “Get up every day, be prepared, roll up your sleeves, put a smile on your face and go to work. That’s how you earned your way into this honor society. You folks have proven time and time again through your hard work, preparation and generosity that you care about others and want to make a difference in this world. We are so proud of you and look forward to watching you go off and do bigger and better things as time goes on. But never ever forget, it started right here in East Islip.”

Date Added: 6/23/2022

Monday, August 08, 2022