Howell High School Inducts First Class to Spanish National Honors Society

Howell High School Inducts First Class to Spanish National Honors Society
Posted on 05/25/2017
Members of the Spanish National Honors Society

5/25/17 - Recently, Howell High School inducted its first class to the Juan Santamaría chapter of the Spanish National Honors Society (Sociedad Honoraria Hispánica). The first class of students included 45 sophomores, juniors and seniors who qualified for induction into the honors society based on their excellent academic achievement in their Spanish classes.  These students demonstrate a desire to study and promote the Spanish language as well as Hispanic/Latino cultures.  Chapter President Ava Hansen, Vice President Kacie Koslowski, and Historian Alexandra Wilcox led the induction ceremony that was conducted completely in Spanish.  

 

As their first act as a chapter, the students collected donations for Humans Rights First.  These donations will be used to purchase books and activities in Spanish for children of mothers who are awaiting federal political asylum hearings at the Baltimore Immigration Court.  These mothers and children are escaping domestic and political violence. The vast majority of these asylum seekers are from Central America.

 

This Spanish Honor Society was founded by the American Association of Teachers of Spanish and Portuguese in 1953, for the students of North American secondary schools.  Spanish teacher Brian Riordan founded Howell High School's Juan Santamaría chapter this year and acts as the chapter's adviser.


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