Chattahoochee High School has been chosen from thousands of high schools in three states to have students eligible for the International Skills Diplomacy Seal. This is an achievement which requires students to take a certain amount of courses which have an international focus. These include any foreign language course, a few CTE classes, world history and government and contemporary literature.
In today’s global marketplace, it is important for students to acquire the interdisciplinary skills they need to be globally competent and competitive. The International Skills Diploma Seal is awarded to graduating high school students who complete an international education curriculum and engage in extracurricular activities and experiences that encourage the involvement in culturally diverse events. It is a signal to employers and higher education institutions that a student is prepared to participate in the global economy.
Will Anderson (SR) explains that he applied for the ISDS award because of the courses he has taken. He feels that these classes have made him more culturally aware and have opened new opportunities for careers. His French teacher pushed him towards the idea and he admits,“The classes I have taken have influenced me by allowing me to learn about different cultures.”
This is the first time that students in any of the eligible schools have had the opportunity to apply for this seal, so it has not been awarded before. Danielle St. Amand (SR) says, “I feel honored to be the first to receive this award and was very happy when Hooch got the seal.” She adds, “I think there’s a focus on STEM jobs now and the ISDS deal is keeping us competitive as liberal arts students.”
Those who are applying for this award have to take at least nine internationally focused courses in the past four years, write at least three essays, and submit a six-to-ten minute video talking about how their experience in these classes in the last four years has influenced them and their communities. After this, Mr. Tim Reeder, and Madame Estelle Sirot will make a decision on the applicants to see who moves on to the next level of the process: a 10-minute interview. The judges of the applicants will then decide from those interviews who will receive the ISDS seal. The recipients of this award will receive a seal on their diploma, recognition at awards night and the high honor of being in the group of the first students to have ever received this award.
This prestigious seal will continue to be awarded in the foreseeable future and it will constantly increase cultural awareness in this and future generations.