58 Inducted Into World Language Honor Society

58 Inducted Into High School World Language Honor Society

The District is pleased to announce that 58 high school students were inducted into the 2020-2021 World Language Honor Society during a pre-recorded, virtual celebration held on March 18. The ceremony celebrated the accomplishments of language learners who maintained a 90% grade point average in world language study, remained in high academic standing, and made a commitment to studying a foreign language. The induction was also a weeklong culmination of World Language Week activities held for grades 3-12 during the week of March 8-12. 

After member Melanie Volz led viewers in the Pledge of Allegiance, World Language Honor Society adviser Frank Zagari revealed that this year’s World Language Week theme was “Open Your Minds to Language.” He noted that “when we open our minds to languages, we can be led down paths we never thought were possible and we can find a world we never knew existed.” 

“Tonight’s ceremony is a great example of the different paths we [World Language learners] encountered,” Mr. Zagari said. 

In her address, Italian Club treasurer and World Language Honor Society President Grace Ackermann reminded viewers that language is what makes them human, encompassing both a verbal and expressional exchange. “By creating a solid line of communication and broadening your horizons, you will indeed find further appreciation for what you have in life,” Grace said. 

World Language Honor Society trustees Nicole Frascatore and Christina Minerva then announced the names of the inductees for both Italian and Spanish. 

Congratulations to the following students: 

Italian: Emma Ambrosino, Robert Ambrosino, Lena Burch, Lyla Buscemi, Thomas Campisi, Francesca Capuano, Kelly Carr, Thomas Cupelli, Elaina Desiderio, Allison Frazer, Elizabeth Immel, Joseph Labo, Annalisa Madonia, Hannah McCormick, Christopher Morale, Isabella Nocera, Drew Palladino, Valerie Pastore, Olivia Pugliese and Ashley Reisert 

Spanish: Emma Alexander, Savannah Barreira, Cole Belling, Andrew Bonanno, Madison Boyle, Olivia Brodarick, Cassidy Conlon, Olivia Corabi, Ryan Dunbar, Kaitlyn Dunbar, Julia Froese, Alexa Gottlieb, Matthew Henglein, Julia Inayan, Cavit Ireland, Sara Jacobs, Mia Kurtzman, Tessa Kurtzman, Haley Lerch, Samantha Manessis, Skyla Marchesi, Grace Massari, Stephen Mendolia, Patrick Moran, Keely Naus, Christina Patmanidis, Kevin Pfundstein, Andrew Piazza, Hannah Popadin-Lesniak, Jenna Rackley, Julianna Rose, Jessica Schmidt, Kelly Taggart, Kaylee Tate, Paige Treiland, Julie Valentino, Tarika Varanasi and Jamie Watstein.