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Student Biliteracy Celebration 2021

The Student Biliteracy Celebration is a virtual, countywide event from 9 to 11 a.m. to be held on May 1, 2021, in recognition of the students who earned a State Seal of Biliteracy and were chosen as scholarship winners by two local groups.

This year, 22 stellar students with tremendous aspirations will be honored at the event, while also aiming to elevate and celebrate all students who are multilingual and biliterate. Each of these featured students have limitless potential to be leaders and changemakers in our global, interconnected economy. San Diego County Office of Education is proud to celebrate their accomplishments.

This is the first year the student scholarship winners, their families, and their school leaders and counselors will be honored at a virtual live celebration designed solely for them. In past years, other scholarship winners were recognized during the annual SDCOE Biliteracy Symposium, however from now on such students will be featured at their own special event annually. The link to join will be sent directly to the awardees and their school contacts. If you have any questions, please email Sandra Walden.

San Diego County is a diverse region with many immigrants, refugees, and others who maintain and build languages beyond English through world language, dual language, and community-based language programs. Multilingualism and biliteracy expand students' opportunities and offers them many advantages for their careers. Accordingly, SDCOE is committed to supporting diversity of languages through this celebration and ongoing support of districts and schools across the county. 

About the Scholarship Winners

  • Anallely Luna Hernandez, Bayfront Charter School
  • Derek Czapek,  Bonita Vista High School,Sweetwater Union High School District
  • Joceylin Mendoza, Castle Park High School, Sweetwater Union High School District
  • Diana Gomez, Chula Vista High School, Sweetwater Union High School District
  • Mia Osuna, Chula Vista Learning Community Charter High School
  • Christopher Tapia-Bravo, Eastlake High School, Sweetwater Union High School District
  • Zara Mendivil, Mar Vista High School, Sweetwater Union High School District
  • Guadalupe Vera, Montgomery High School, Sweetwater Union High School District
  • Isabella Langarica, Olympian High School, Sweetwater Union High School District
  • Julian Munoz,  Otay Ranch High School, Sweetwater Union High School District
  • Perla Calderas,  Palomar High School, Sweetwater Union High School District
  • Eva Reyes, San Ysidro High School, Sweetwater Union High School District
  • Marissa Moreno, Southwest High School, Sweetwater Union High School District
  • Santos, Sweetwater High School, Sweetwater Union High School District
  • Anna Cristina Ramirez Gaspar, Fallbrook High School, Fallbrook Union HS District
  • Yara Yussel Dajlala, San Marcos High School, San Marcos Unified School District
  • Perla Gomez Olguin, San Marcos High School, San Marcos Unified School District
  • Anallely Luna Hernandez, Bayfront Charter High School
  • Miriam Melkonian, Sage Creek High School, Carlsbad Unified School District
  • Ketan Kripal Yadav*, Mission Hills HS, San Marcos Unified School District
  • Ximena Odalis Perez Martinez, Mission Hills HS, San Marcos Unified School District
  • Diana Martinez Hernandez, Mission Hills HS , San Marcos Unified School District
  • Nayeli Gutierrez, Southwest Senior High School, Sweetwater Union High School District
  • Kameron Marie Zablan, Sage Creek High School, Carlsbad Unified School District
  • Maryam Alodeesh*, El Cajon Valley High School, Grossmont Union High School District
*via scholarships through a generous donation by the Mission Fed Credit Union

About the Event Partners

South Bay CABE 65 is the local branch of the California Association for Bilingual Education. It is led by current and former educators who work to ensure one student scholarship for every public high school in the South County. 

The Bea Gonzales Biliteracy Scholarship team is a group of volunteers who work to honor SDCOE's former district biliteracy coordinator, the late Bea Gonzales, by awarding scholarships countywide to students who have earned a State Seal of Biliteracy. 

Celebrate Your Own Local Multilingual Students

San Diego County Office now offers free fillable certificates to offer your own celebration for students who are on the path towards multilingualism via a Biliteracy Pathway Award or for English Learners who have recently been reclassified via another fillable certificate. Please feel free to use these for your classroom students or schoolwide to recognize your students' accomplishments.