Lee’s Summit R7 Students Receive Missouri Seal of Biliteracy Awards

The state of Missouri has awarded a total of 126 students with a total of 129 seals from the Lee’s Summit R7 School District with the Seal of Biliteracy award.  LSR7 students earned seals this year in 5 languages during its second year of the program, which promotes language proficiency.  This award recognizes high school graduates who have attained a high level of proficiency through rigorous nationally standardized testing in speaking, reading, listening, and writing in one or more world languages, in addition to English.  

Students may have gained proficiency through any number of traditional or nontraditional methods, as a heritage language learner or as a new language learner. Students who have attained the Seal of Biliteracy have an intermediate level of proficiency and students who have attained the Distinguished Seal of Biliteracy have an advanced level of proficiency.  The Seal of Biliteracy is listed on the high school transcript and offers vast opportunities for those pursuing higher education or joining the workforce. 

Missouri Seal of Biliteracy 2020

104 LSR7 high school graduates this year achieved the necessary proficiency to earn 105 Seals of Biliteracy across 5 languages including 4 Seals of Biliteracy for Arabic, 19 Seals of Biliteracy for French, 11 Seals of Biliteracy for German, 3 Seals of Biliteracy for Mandarin Chinese and 68 Seals of Biliteracy for Spanish. Students earning the Seal of Biliteracy are:

Arabic: LSHS: Taha Amellal;

LSWHS: Heba Alsousi, Omamah Betrow, and Ryhana Betrow 

French: LSHS: Kate Anderson, Alyssa Harmon, Audrey 

Badgerow and Eghosa Ogbevoen

LSNHS: Ashley Cade, Karen Cardoza-Zepeda, Destiny Culter, Jada Hall, Nathan Kuhlman, Grace Mason, Keegan Pohl, Jordan Sivil, Zach Smith, Isaiah Walton, Charlize Wattson and Anaiah Williams

LSWHS: Brittany Perez, Eleanor Russell and Anthony Thompson

German: LSHS: Morgan Hecker, Anamaria Schur and Josh Willoughby

LSNHS: Brooke Binger, Morgan Glasgow, Allison Makovec, Eve Manning, Sohia Myers, Augustus Rand and Colby Turner

LSWHS: Elizabeth Finnerty

Mandarin Chinese: LSNHS: Doug Billesbach

LSWHS: Evan Danaher and Jeremy Zurbuchen

Spanish: LSHS: Anneliese Ahrens, Theodore Attebury, Armando Barajas, Luke Byrne, Isabella Freitas, Madison Garner, Jesse George, Adam Greenwald, Rahkem Harris, Genni Hernandez, Aris Holman, Ashtin Holman, Emma Jenkins, Jack Jennings, Ivy Liu, Jerica McAfee, Sydnee McDonald, Haley Mesz, Elisa Mondragon, Emma Oesterly, Skyler Shumway, Carson Smith, Harper Snyder, Abbey Wallace, Shelby Williams and Damien Wilson

LSNHS: Devin Allaman, Sydney Allen, Max Bilton, Amelia Bresette, Mimi Brown, Natalie Bruce, Karen Cardoza-Zepeda, Isaac Chase, Oliver Creemer, Jackson Ezzell, Samantha Finley, Akira Gilmore, Ava Hammons, Haley Jahn, Ally Lawrence, Libby Marcus, Anonda Martinez, Taylor Phillips, Tatliana Plowman, Natalie Rolen, Brayden Singleton, Megan Snyder, Alec St. John, Raven Steele, Michelle Thomas, Madison TInsley and Lauren Wiley

LSWHS: Samantha Asel, Daniel Blackham, Kristen Bownds, Joylyn Carter, Libby Elliott, Cassidy Gann, Mason Gray, Serenity Holmes, Travis Jones, Aidan Kleinsasser, Kelsey Klipfel, Jenna Lopez, Colette Miller, Ethan Sahudin and Libby Thomas

 

Missouri Distinguished Seal of Biliteracy 2019

24 LSR7 high school graduates this year achieved the necessary proficiency to earn 26 Distinguished Seals across 5 languages including 1 Distinguished Seal of Biliteracy for Arabic, 3 Distinguished Seals of Biliteracy for French, 1 Distinguished Seal of Biliteracy for German, 1 Distinguished Seal of Biliteracy for Mandarin Chinese and 18 Distinguished Seals of Biliteracy for Spanish. Students earning the Distinguished Seal of Biliteracy are:

Arabic: LSNHS: Dunia Qakei 

French: LSNHS: Nina Gardner

LSWHS: Samara Estep, Rachel Mayo

German: LSHS: Liberty Barker

Mandarin Chinese: LSNHS: Jiaxin Liu

Spanish: LSHS: Nathaly Cuyuch, Jennifer Garciga, Jessica Mendez-Renteria and Kevin Pagan Maisonet

LSNHS: Omar Ali, Rachel Geringer, Nick Green, Xitlalli Hernandez, Annie McCord, Paola Ramirez, Daniel Rios-Rojo, Jeremy Sanchez, Alejandra Sarinana and Payton Sumpter

LSWHS: Meghana Bhumireddy, Morgan Bruno, Derek Dannaldson and Brittany Perez

 

Graduating senior students who earned the Seal of Biliteracy were honored at the Academic Achievement Awards at Lee’s Summit, Lee’s Summit North, and Lee’s Summit West High Schools. Additional Seal of Biliteracy Awards were distributed with the students’ diplomas this week.