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MHS junior earns Arkansas Seal of Biliteracy


Alyson Munoz recognized for proficiency in Spanish


MSD Communications

A Marion High School junior recently earned the prestigious Arkansas Seal of Biliteracy for demonstrating proficiency in English and one or more other languages by high school graduation.

Alyson Munoz earned the distinction for her proficiency in Spanish. She is one of only 774 high school students in Arkansas to earn the seal this year.

Adopted first by California in 2011, the Seal of Biliteracy is now recognized in all 50 states and Washington, D.C. According to the official website, “The Seal of Biliteracy encourages students to pursue biliteracy, honors the skills our students attain, and can be evidence of skills that are attractive to future employers and college admissions offices.”

Since the 2017 pilot year in Arkansas, students from 105 high schools around the state have attained this certification across 28 languages other than English (American Sign Language, Arabic, Bengali, Cambodian, Chinese, Czech, Filipino, French, German, Gujarati, Hakha Chin, Hindi, Hmong, Italian, Japanese, Korean, Marathi, Marshallese, Portuguese, Romanian, Russian, Serbian, Spanish, Swahili, Tamil, Turkish, Urdu, and Vietnamese).

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The Arkansas Seal of Biliteracy is awarded each spring and fall to students in grades 9 through 12 and is sponsored by the Arkansas Foreign Language Teachers Association (AFLTA) and the Arkansas Teachers of English to Speakers of Other Languages (ARKTESOL). The Arkansas Department of Education officially endorsed the Seal in June 2018.

About Marion Schools

The Marion School District is an innovative and growing district committed to helping every student find their unique path to success in school and in life. With more than 150 years of experience serving families in Crittenden County, the district offers a high school, a junior high, a seventh grade school, and three award-winning magnet schools. For enrollment information, including information on school choice, visit https://www. or call 870-7395100.

Marion High School junior Alyson Munoz (second from right) recently earned the Arkansas Seal of Biliteracy for demonstrating proficiency in English and Spanish. She is pictured with (from left) MHS school counselor Dionne Harris, MHS Principal James Scott, and Jamie Nichols, MSD ESOL coordinator.

Photo courtesy of MSD

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