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

The state of Missouri has awarded a total of 172 students with a total of 175 seals from the Lee’s Summit R7 School District with the Seal of Biliteracy award.  LSR7 students earned seals this year in 9 languages during its third 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 2021

131 LSR7 high school graduates this year achieved the necessary proficiency to earn 133 Seals of Biliteracy across 8 languages including 1 Seal of Biliteracy for Arabic, 15 Seals of Biliteracy

for French, 27 Seals of Biliteracy for German, 1 Seal of Biliteracy in Hindi, 5 Seals of Biliteracy for Mandarin Chinese, 1

Seal of Biliteracy in Russian, 85 Seals of Biliteracy for Spanish and 1 Seal of Biliteracy in Urdu. Students earning the Seal of Biliteracy are:

Arabic: LSWHS: Hala Alsousi

French: LSHS: Johnny Brackins

LSNHS: Julia Bruno, Andrea Cardoza, Kelly Connolly, Ami Kleffner, Kesi Long, Ryan McCain, Rafia Mehmood, Cadao Nguyen, Danny Nguyen, Grant Parker

LSWHS: Quinn Cox, Orion Cummins, Jillian Guhr, Abby Massengill

German: LSHS: James Foley, Claire Franciskato, Conner Freeouf, Abigail Kabell, Ty Medlock, Avery Parsons, Jordan Wilson

LSNHS: Rachel Alley, Lydia Cooney, Graham Covington, Carter Davis, Joe Engle, Jillian Frogge, Peter Galliher, Cassey Kinman, Collin Meyer, Eriel Morey, Kristen Neihouse, Athena Thies, Conor  Thornbrugh, Gabriel Trotter, Madison Turley, Annica Valmassei

LSWHS: Emma Jauernig, Brennan Mowery

Hindi: Prajukta Ghosh

Mandarin Chinese: LSHS: Uzair Malik

LSWHS: Alana Green, Rebekah Hartwig, Emma Jauernig

Russian: Hlib Serhieiev

Spanish: LSHS: Maggie Banhart, Jacob Boome, Delaney Duello, Grace Eason, Haley Girkin, Kyle Lesue, Gael Loredo Gonzalez, Linsi Mashburn, Evan Matt, Dominick Moore, Isaac Nickens, Thais Ortiz-Reyes, Lance Rodriguez, Conner Smith, Jason Williams, Kate Wissel   

LSNHS: Morgan Andersen, Jameer Asif, Kaylee Briscoe, Jaden Brown, Ashanti Bushnell, Andrea Cardoza, Anna Dunning, Tag Farrar, Brianna Fee, Abby Fry, Sidney Gilliland, Madison Goff, Rachel Harris, Devyn Holt, Charlie Kemper, Jackson Kemper, Kali Kirkpatrick, Olivia Luce, Olivia Lunceford, Lily Madden , Ryley Mansell, Kaycee Martin, Katie Mead, Brooklyn Mecham, Ishani Millet, Simon Murray, Luke Natali, Olivia Neidt, Cody Nunn, Reece Parker, Kristina Parrish, Lyle Phillips, Morgan Shearhart, Hallie Stiff, Will Wanashko, Elaine Watson, Preston Wieland

LSWHS: Sadie Baich, Jillian Belvin, Alexia Charlton, Orion Cummins, Bethany Danley, Selah Diederiks, Kyra Duarte, Payton Easley,  Olivia Foster, Shane Fredrickson, Imani Gasaway, Sheryah Gavel, Yamile Jimenez, Jazmine Knight, Annaliese Lee, Nathan Lightfoot, Maddie Mall, Isaac McCullough, Mike McKnight, Cash Merriam, Abigail Moore, Drake Murphy, Annelise Oster, Jaden Paulson, Emma Polly, Arie Rollins, Cameron Selbe, Trey Sharp, Savanna Starke, Hogan Stoker, Grant Weiner, Tierricka Woods

Urdu: Ayesha Yousaf

 

Missouri Distinguished Seal of Biliteracy 2021

41 LSR7 high school graduates this year achieved the necessary proficiency to earn 42 Distinguished Seals across 5 languages including 5 Distinguished Seals of Biliteracy for French, 2 Distinguished Seals of Biliteracy for German, 1 Distinguished Seal of Biliteracy for Mandarin Chinese, 1 Distinguished Seal of Biliteracy for Serbian and 33 Distinguished Seals of Biliteracy for Spanish. Students earning the Distinguished Seal of Biliteracy are:

French: LSHS: Claire Harris

LSNHS: Lin Godfrey, Mary Moore, Kara Sargent, Julia Welsh 

German: LSNHS: Rachel Alley, Elizabeth Kerschen 

Mandarin Chinese: LSWHS: Quinn Engel

Serbian: LSHS: Jovana Tica 

Spanish: LSHS: Kendall Boone, James Cairns, Cara Cha, Meghan Dean, Adriana Enriquez-Pelico, Gaby Guevara, Kam Hahn, Lauren Hirning, Fiona Martin, Janet Mendez, Paige Morefield, Aiden Nyhus, Diego Ortiz, Amelia Smith, Theresa Stark, Jovana Tica  

LSNHS: Olivia Fee, Kaitlyn Guest, Javi Gutierrez, Rachel Hamaker, Morgan McGurk, Cesia Melgar,Jack Neidt, Brandon Perez, Grace Tohill, Austin Yarbrough   

LSWHS: Fisher Atkins, Jordan Fields, Simmy Kandola, Keisha Kodidhi, Kyle Rooney, Tristan Russell, Braden Taylor

 

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.