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Students earn Seal of Biliteracy for language proficiency


Posted Date: 09/13/2022

We want to congratulate nine Andover students who earned the Seal of Biliteracy from the Kansas State Department of Education during the 2021-22 school year. The seal recognizes students who have attained proficiency in English and one or more other world languages by the time they graduate.

Why pursue a Seal of Biliteracy?

✅ Colleges are beginning to accept the Seal of Biliteracy for retroactive college credit -- free classes! Current colleges accepting are Kansas State, Fort Hays State, and Pittsburg State.

✅ Increase your employment potential. Nine out of 10 U.S. employers rely on employees with language skills other than English. One-third report a high dependency on language skills. The Seal of Biliteracy says you are bilingual, you have an extra skill.

✅ Expand your career choices and the locations in the world you can work. There is a local and national shortage of dual language teachers.

✅ Family connection. Keep family connections and heritage strong.

Anyone interested should reach out to their world language teacher at Andover Central High School, Andover High School or Andover eCademy, or contact Heather Eilert (eilerth@usd385.org).

Recipients are:

Sarah Blount

Jenna Lambertz

Nicole McIlvain

Jacob Norris

Melissa Ng

Mohammad Qaddour

Samantha Ritchie

Assaf Runwa

Noureldin Yassin

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