LPS students recognized as Distinguished World Language Scholars

The Nebraska Department of Education recognized 49 Distinguished World Language Scholars during World Language Week 2023 (February 13-19).

The World Language Distinguished Scholar Award honored Nebraska students for their leadership in language learning, commitment to language study, appreciation for cultural diversity, and communicative competence. Students were nominated by their teachers and submitted a portfolio.

Three Lincoln Public Schools students received this honor. World Language Curriculum Specialist for Lincoln Public Schools Kate Damgaard said students' skills in learning multiple languages enable them to be prepared global citizens. 

"The mission of World Language Education in LPS is to prepare all learners to thrive in a multilingual and interconnected society through the development of communicative language skills, intercultural proficiency, and ability to reflect on diverse perspectives," said Damgaard. "We are proud of the work the students have put into learning additional languages and reflecting the global community here in Lincoln."

The following scholars were recognized as Distinguished World Language Scholars.

High Honors

Chinese Language Learning (Public School)

Danielle Sams

Chinese Novice (Levels 1 & 2)

Lincoln North Star High School

Coral Su, Teacher

French Language Learning 

Feryal Akpo-Idrissou

French Intermediate Low (Levels 3 & 4)

Lincoln Northwest High School

Alexandra Van Zandt, Teacher


Chinese Language Learning (Public School)

Hayden Nagel

Lincoln North Star High School

Coral Su, Teacher


For more information about World Language Week and the World Language Distinguished Scholar Award, visit https://www.education.ne.gov/worldlanguage/world-language-week/.

Published: February 17, 2023, Updated: February 17, 2023