By Shannon Scandiffio, Nicholas Ayala and Gabriel Rabinowitz
OCT 20, 2016
On September 15, 2016, Saint Thomas Aquinas High School (STA) held a National Spanish Honor Society (NSHS) induction ceremony. Academic requirements for induction into this society include completing Spanish III and earning an A for all Spanish classes. Letters are mailed to candidates informing them that they have the opportunity to apply for induction into the NSHS. Each candidate must fill out the application form and submit it to the Moderator of the NSHS, Mrs.Chebat. In order to maintain NSHS membership, students need to earn a total of five service points per year.
At the beginning of the ceremony, officers of the NSHS spoke about the values of this club and the many opportunities that it offers. The ceremony also featured guest speakers, Ms. Susan White and Ms. Cristina Addison, who run the AJC Foundation located in Ft. Lauderdale, Florida and the AHLE orphanage program in Honduras. The AHLE program provides a home for neglected children as well as food, clothing and an education. The NSHS members are always available when the AJC foundation needs assistance. Every year the foundation runs a campaign to collect gently used backpacks for the children of the AHLE foundation, and NSHS hosts this drive on the STA campus from October to December.
Talented salsa dancers provided entertainment for this event. As the ceremony concluded, each inductee was called up to the stage and was presented with a certificate indicating that he/she is now part of San Juan de la Cruz Chapter of the National Spanish Honors Society. Everyone stood up and recited a pledge, while holding candles that represented the start of their journey through the Spanish culture and the exploration of their heritage.