Congratulations Seal of Biliteracy

Thirty-Four WDMCS Students Earn Iowa Seal of Biliteracy

Thirty-four West Des Moines Community Schools (WDMCS) students earned the Iowa Seal of Biliteracy this year, demonstrating that they have attained proficiency in two or more languages, one of which is English. The students will be recognized with the Seal noted on their diploma and official transcript.

The following students earned the Iowa Seal of Biliteracy in 2019-20:


  • Brindy Arredondo— Spanish
  • Eric Amundson—Latin
  • Mariel Castillo—Spanish
  • Angel Castro-Berber—Spanish
  • Joseph Correa—Spanish
  • Isabella Dacre Del Canto—Spanish
  • Keily Escobar Torres—Spanish
  • Johanna Fernandez-Aguirre—Spanish
  • Kenia Florez-Espino—Spanish
  • Isaac Gasior—French
  • David Gaunt—Latin
  • Amu Hata—Japanese
  • Wenjing Jiang—Mandarin
  • Veena Kappaganthu—Telugu
  • Laura Kiely—Spanish
  • Mathilda Kvederis—Latin
  • Connor Liu—Spanish
  • Lily Overstreet—Spanish
  • Perla Reveles-Aguayo—Spanish
  • Tishara Slater—Spanish
  • Kathryn Wittrock—French


  • Norma Carbajal Rodriguez—Spanish
  • Emely Herrera—Spanish
  • Dorothy Junginger—German
  • Sydney Marchand—Latin
  • Clara Mintzer—Spanish
  • Brithany Moreno-Sacoto—Spanish
  • Emily Nguyen—Vietnamese
  • Alexandra Wnuk—Polish
  • Natalie Wisenbaker—Latin


  • Izumi Brown—Japanese
  • Kristin He—Mandarin
  • Sophie Pierce—Latin
  • Daimara Proenza Esquivel—Spanish

This is second year the Seal of Biliteracy has been available in Iowa. More than two times the number of WDMCS students earned the Seal this year than last year. To earn the Seal, students prove their proficiency in English and a world language through various assessments. The Seal of Biliteracy not only recognizes the value of language diversity and cultural identity but prepares students with 21st-century skills that will benefit them as they begin to explore their futures after high school. The Seal also provides recognition and evidence for students’ language proficiencies and values language as an asset for students, professionals, and citizens.

Learn more about the Seal of Biliteracy