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9 at HUHS earn bilingual proficiency honors
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Nine Hughson High School students are among 221 county students who have earned the Seal of Multilingual Proficiency from the Stanislaus County Office of Education's Instructional Support Services Division.

SCOE makes the award available to high school juniors and seniors to recognize proficiency in English and at least one other world language. The Seal of Multilingual Proficiency, SCOE was the first county office of education in the nation to adopt the program. This year, 221 students will be recognized for earning the seal and can cite that achievement for college admission, scholarship applications and job resumes.

The Seal of Multilingual Proficiency Recognition event is slated for Wednesday, Nov. 4 at 7 p.m. at the Gallo Center for the Arts, 1000 I Street, Modesto.

According to Debra Boggs, who oversees the program at SCOE, students must complete a highly rigorous process to demonstrate proficiency in languages. They must:

• Submit a LinguaFolio (a structured portfolio submitted by the student);

• Be interviewed in English and other language(s);

• Provide an on-demand writing sample in the target language.

Students to be honored tonight include these Hughson High School students who have both mastered English and Spanish: Benjamín Andrade, Anayely Barrón, Adriana Gudiño,Yaneli López, Valeria Mendoza, María Ortiz Vázquez, Julissa Ruiz Ramírez, Jesús Sánchez and Viviana Vásquez.