Huntington High School’s world language honor societies are proud organizations committed to recognizing student excellence and engaging in community service activities.
The French, Italian, Latin and Spanish honor societies held their annual induction ceremonies earlier this week, welcoming dozens of new members who are mastering a second or even a third language.
The evening attracted a crowd of parents and school officials and featured many time-honored rituals, including the tapping of new members followed by the lighting of candles by inductees.
Judy Goris-Moroff is district director of world languages, ESL and bilingual education.
Society faculty advisors Deidre Mayer (French), Silvia Gilbert (Italian), Kristin Fortunato (Latin) and Mercedes Pená (Spanish) looked on with pride as the teenagers recited their respective society’s pledge before the faculty members presented certificates to the newly inducted scholars.
The French Honor Society welcomed Juliet Love, Fionaleigh Malone, Isabellarose Malone, Meagan-Elise Malone, Haley Mortell, Aidan McCooey, Casey Smith and Erika Varady into its ranks.
The Italian Honor Society brought Tyler Abedin, Christiano Bellissimo, Christiana DeLuca, Francesca Greco, Erick Joya-Amaya, Sophia LaCentra, Candido Martinez and Morgan Minicozzi into its fold.
The Latin Honor Society opened its arms to Griffin Bluemer, Katherine Burton, Nathaniel Gamboa, Ryan Hoffmann, Samuel Roberts, Kaitlyn Sage and Katherine Stock.
The new Spanish Honor Society inductees include Yaidelis Acevedo, David Alfaro, Oscar Bonilla, Erin Bonitz, Jason Chapas, Terrel Cox, Dariana Cruz, Livia D’Anna, Emma Farrell, Jack Farrell, Sara Frawley, Abigail Holmes, Erick Joya-Amaya, Jack Langton, Emely Lopez, Ilsi Martinez, Gabriel Medina-Juades, Emily Miron, Shaye O’Beirne, Alex Rivera, Katie Riley, Edgar Rivas-Lizama, Jamie Rosenbauer, Raymond Sanders, Julia Segal, Arashdeep Singh, Charles Sze, Brenda Viera-Pereira, Matthew Wildermuth and Graham Young.
The evening included several short speeches by students and a pair of musical performances. Accompanied by Kathryn Dara on piano, Jacob LaBarge performed the Minuet from L’Arlésienne Suite No. 2 by Georges Bizet on piccolo. Ms. Dara then accompanied Keenan Lyons as he sang “Del Mio Amato Ben.”
Following the ceremony participants and their parents enjoyed refreshments in the auditorium lobby as they socialized and posed for photos during a reception that capped off a night recognizing exceptional academic achievement.