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36 Summit Lakes students earn Seal of Biliteracy Pathway Award

red, white and blue logo for pathway to biliteracy award

The Lee’s Summit R-7 School District students are achieving goals and learning new languages as early as first grade.

164 students in 1st, 3rd, 5th and 8th grade for completing the requirements in English and another language for the Seal of Biliteracy Pathway Award. 26 students are second year recipients of this award and seven students are third year recipients. The Pathway Awards recognize elementary and middle school students who have sought out second language acquisition opportunities in their communities or who have worked to maintain the native language spoken in the home.  These students were required to demonstrate this second language acquisition or learning to meet district and state standards.   

The students, who represent 17 elementary and all four middle schools, achieved these awards learning the following 18 languages:  Arabic, ASL, Dutch, French, German, Gujarati, Hindi, Italian, Japanese, Korean, Mandarin Chinese, Portuguese, Russian, Spanish, Swahili, Tagalog, Urdu and Vietnamese.   

The following SLMS students earned the Seal of Biliteracy Pathway Award:

  • Chinese: Colin Chai, Shiloh Hardy, Bee Stout
  • Dutch:  Victoria Blum
  • French:  Charlotte Allen, Maya Mettlach**, Evelyn Rizo, Leia Smith, Emery Stawarz
  • German: Timothy Atwell, Claire Gibson, Colin Harrell, Evan Miller, Bricen Rey, Grace Romi, Kyle Schooley
  • Italian:  Valentino Guidolin**
  • Japanese:  Ken Mettlach**, Maya Mettlach**
  • Spanish: Michelle Akinola, Harrison Boucher, Fiona Bustos, Delaney Cannon, Sara Dominguez , Wyatt Dwyer, Chloe Evans, Violet Folsom, Charlotte Fosnow, Valentino Guidolin**, Mya Heier, Sa Naa Hunter, Corinna Loesch, Julianna MacEwen,  Ken Mettlach**, Maya Mettlach**, Aubrey Phillips, Mia Prather**, Alison Robinson, Will Schlicht, Abbi Woodruff