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FAIR Senior Awarded Minnesota Bilingual Gold Seal
Thursday, May 21, 2020 3:30 PM

Minnesota state seal of biliteracy
Another FAIR senior with an amazing accomplishment: Zayra Flores Jaimes is graduating with an award celebrating her language skills! 
 
Zayra is being awarded a Minnesota Bilingual Gold Seal, which recognizes graduating seniors who can speak two languages — an impressive achievement in its own right and a sign of great things to come. Zayra is bilingual in Spanish and English. 
 
“Earning this recognition has been a great opportunity,” Zayra says. “I achieved passing an entire exam in Spanish. I learned about my strengths and weaknesses within the language.” 
 
“To be bilingual automatically makes me stand out from others who are not,” she continues. “It has given me the chance to embrace the language of where my family is from.”
 
Being bilingual helps folks keep strong ties to their community and culture, while at the same time offering benefits for education and career. Bilingual and biliterate people have more job opportunities than people who speak just one language, for example.
 
Research also shows that bilingual students have unique opportunities to stretch their brains and use intentional language for specific purposes
 
Zayra Flores Jaimes
“I would recommend any student who is bilingual or multilingual to take this exam. You will receive a certificate and college credit,” Zayra says.
 
Created by Minnesota’s legislature in 2014, the Bilingual Seal program gives students a chance to earn credit from the Minnesota State system — a statewide network of 30 colleges and seven universities — if they demonstrate proficiency in a world language based on standards developed by the American Council of Teachers of Foreign Languages (ACTFL).
 
“Zayra is an extremely bright young woman,” says FAIR Social Studies teacher Ms. Bonine. “She not only takes as many opportunities to better herself as possible, but she manages to make opportunities for herself as well. Zayra amazes me with the pride she has in her culture and how she brings that unique perspective with her wherever she goes and whatever she does. I can’t wait to see where her future takes her!”
 
After graduation, Zayra will be attending the University of Minnesota – Twin Cities, where she plants to major in Sociology of Law, Criminology, and Deviance. She aspires to one day work in a Latino nonprofit organization dedicated to immigrants’ rights and community social change.