Many students are becoming masters of French, Italian and Spanish and for their success in these subjects, they have earned membership into the exclusive Foreign Language Honor Society.
Students earn membership into Foreign Language Honor Society through academic success, community service and leadership. The greatest honor is in having the ability to speak a second language. During the ceremony, Amy Watson, who oversees the foreign language department, said studies have proven that speaking multiple languages can offset certain illnesses, boost memory and even improve our own understanding of English.
“Being able to speak another language allows you to access many different cultures across the world. Different cultures have their own music, style, history, literature and many more interesting things which you will be able to enjoy and understand,” Watson added. “You will be able to connect through books, TV and the internet, ultimately broadening your horizons, interests and views. A whole new world will be open to you.”
Several speakers shared the same sentiments including Board of Education Co-Vice President Erika Bruno, who speaks five languages herself. She praised the students for taking on the challenge of a foreign language and congratulated them on their accomplishments on behalf of the Board of Education.
High School Principal Dr. Kieran McGuire expressed his admiration for the inductees dedication and promised them that new worlds would be open to them through literature and culture.
Superintendent of Schools, Dr. Anna Hunderfund, a former Spanish teacher, knows exactly what the students had to do to achieve such an honor. She told them she could not be prouder of them.
The ceremony was led by current officers of the high school’s Foreign Language Honor Society. Musical performances by students created an international feel for the evening. Patrick Wilhem sang a cabaret style French piece, accompanied by David DePerez; Carmine, Francesco, Leonardo and Marconi D’Auria-Gupta sang the Italian Anthem as a quartet; Christine Carrol sang Billy Joel’s Piano Man in Spanish; and Joseph Tancredi performed an Italian operatic piece. Each performance was beautiful and unique.
The inductees recited the oath of their honor society in the respective foreign language and received certificates and medals. Congratulations to all of the inductees on their hard work!