World Languages Induction Ceremony Highlights Cultural Diversity

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Officers of the Locust Valley High School French, Italian and Spanish honor societies led an induction ceremony for the newest members of these elite world languages clubs. The students served as masters of ceremonies, read poetry, performed musical numbers and introduced the inductees during a program filled with cultural symbolism and pride.

More than 70 inductees sat on the high school auditorium stage looking out at their families as honored speakers described the importance of learning a second language for future endeavors, its educational significance and the pride the students should have for their accomplishments.

World Languages Coordinator Amy Watson congratulated the honorees in multiple languages, sharing with them that she also learned alternate languages as a student at Locust Valley High School, opening the door for her teaching career.

Superintendent of Schools Kenneth E. Graham, Ed.D., and Locust Valley High School Principal Patrick DiClemente added their congratulations. They each expressed the pride they felt for the high levels of achievement the students had reached.

Two students performed on the piano and guitar, providing an international feel to the ceremony. Adding to the ambiance, students also read poems in French, Italian and Spanish.

“The honor society members leading the induction ceremony created an event that reflected the significance of the inductees’ achievements,” Dr. Graham said. “On behalf of the Locust Valley Central School District community, I offer my congratulations to all of the inductees on this well-deserved honor and thank their families and teachers for the support that allowed these students to succeed.”