On Tuesday, March 14, Big Walnut High School chapters of three foreign language honor societies inducted 104 new members into their ranks.
Société Honoraire de Français inducted 39 new members, San Martin Chapter de la Sociedad Honoraria Hispanica inducted 52 new members, and Die Deutsche Ehrenverbindung Delta Epsilon Phi accepted 13 new inductees.
During the ceremony’s opening remarks, district superintendent Angie Pollock said that Big Walnut has had world language honor societies for over 20 years and noted the benefits of studying a second language.
“Learning another language other that your native language boosts brain power and improves problem-solving skills,” Pollock said. “It improves memory and helps with multi-tasking, in addition to improving your skills with your native language.”
Pollock said learning a second language also allows student to make better decisions, network with others at an elevated-level, and make better career choices as the world becomes more globally-oriented.
“I congratulate these students for their many academic achievements, and for their inductions into these three language honor societies,” Pollock said. “I know they will continue to work hard and achieve great things.”
Acceptance standards to be inducted into the high school’s three language honor societies are rigorous.
- Spanish students must maintain a 3.4 overall Grade Point Average (GPA) and have two A’s and one B in three semesters of Spanish language classes to be become a member of San Martin Chapter de la Sociedad Honoraria Hispanica.
- French students, to qualify for entry into Société Honoraire de Français, must maintain a 3.0 overall GPA and have two A’s and one B in three semesters of French.
- To become a member of Die Deutsche Ehrenverbindung Delta Epsilon Phi, students must maintain a 3.0 overall GPA and have a 3.6 in German class work.
Students inducted into the San Martin Chapter de la Sociedad Honoraria Hispanica are: Graciela Ansel, Rosalía Baldy, María Becker, Sofía Bello, Gabriela Borland, Carlos Brehm, Alfredo Ceneskie, Lola Coulson, Juanita Crenshaw, Pablo Davis, Rosa Dunlap, Francisco Edwards, María Elliot, Antonio Elliot, Mercedes English, Miguel Faust, Elena Fetter, Pedro Foster, Pablo Fuchs, Rebeca Gartner, Josué Halbakken, Jaime Hemingway, Santiago Hoyles, Xavi Kirkpatrick, David Kline, Emilia Kuederle, Bruno Lawyer, Marisa Leaf, Juan LeMaster, María Long, Rosa Maloche, Carlos Meade, Gabriel Metzger-Cantrell, Luis Momeni, Emilia Montgomery, Diego Nicholson, Isabel O’Donnell, José Reardon, Juanita Rice, Eva Schone, Marisol Schull, Elena Spangler, Eduardo Stewart, Marco Stewart, Pepita Sutton, Cecilia Swank, Mercedes Towery, Tamara Troutman, Isabel Wilhelm, Miguela Young, Gloria Yuhas, Rosa Yuhas.
Students inducted into Société Honoraire de Français are: Charles Adams, Annette Althauser, Pierre Ambrose, Gisèle Arend, Guy Bash, Colette Becker, Anne-Marie Bickley, Elise Boehm, Rita Buzaki, Nicole Colvin, Marie Daniel, Bernadette Dew, Christine Ellett, Jean Elliott, Claire Garcia, Isabelle Green, Annette Harris, Danièle Janson, Isabelle Kasper, Cécile Leidtke, Samuel Mason, Chantal McKelvey, Louise Mellen, Marie-Claire Morrison, Léon Porath, Danièle Pratt, Geneviève Rammelsberg, Rita Rammelsberg, Anne-Marie Rausch, Véronique Rooney, Nicole Saxe, Adèle Snyder, Pierre Sprowls, Claire Stagg, Claire Thomas, Marie Throckmorton, Adèle Vance, Emile Wojnar, Renée Yuhas.
Students inducted into Die Deutsche Ehrenverbindung Delta Epsilon Phi are: Anne Liese Adair, Reinhart Anderson, Louise Bailey, Gisela Cryan, Flora Hart, Sebastian Hoppe, Monika Kaiser, Sven Marvin, Luther McFarling, Natascha Pascal, Mira Rak, Bruno Segars, Maria Sena.
Reporter Lenny C. Lepola can be reached at 614-266-6093.