“The world is a very competitive market out there and we want them to be as best prepared as possible, to be able to distinguish themselves amongst other people who are looking for jobs, or opportunities,” said WHS Spanish teacher, Ken Roberts. “With the fact that they have been recognized by the State of California as being bilingual and having that officially recognized, that is a great feather in your hat to have.”
Students to complete all the conditions to receive this distinction earned a green tassel for their graduation gowns that set them apart, but more importantly is the official notation on their diplomas that subsequently can be included in college applications and on their resumes.
WHS recipients of this year’s distinction went to Vanessa Jimenez Alcaraz, Jasmine Arreola Ramirez, Alondra Cano Ruvalcaba, Graciela Duran, Estefania Floriano Muniz, Roxana Gomez, Yuliana Ibarra, Dariana Magallanes Landeros, Judith Mora Ramirez, Nelly Martinez, Luis Mora Perez, Alexis Pineda, Cecilia Ramirez Padilla, Brandon Ramirez, Daniel Ramirez, Maria Reyes Figueroa, Ana Rios Landeros, Jaqueline Rivera Larios, Fatima Rivera, Jasmin Rodriguez, Cassandra Vargas Ruiz, Janet Velazquez Garcia, Nathaly Villa, and Esteban Zamudio Vega.
“It’s not about just taking AP Spanish,” said Veronica Solis, councilor at WHS. This distinction from the State of California is proof of the ability to write and read fluently in more than one language. To receive recognition of this accomplishment, students demonstrate knowledge with a score of 600 or higher on their Scholastic Assessment Test II Foreign Language exam or the Advanced Placement examination. Additionally, students must maintain a 2.0 grade point average in English Language Arts requirements and show proficiency on the California Standards test during their junior year.
Unfortunately, with the regulations due to the pandemic, this year will not participate in a recognition ceremony that Colusa County Office of Education has traditionally done in the past. Roberts said he was geared up for a large fanfare that sadly would not happen. But despite the lack of fanfare, Roberts said the students are aware that they have a future with more opportunities. “The greatest satisfaction as a teacher is when they are starting to realize their potential and their worth,” said Roberts. “To be able to have choices academically and economically, because you have got what it takes to compete.”