WARREN, NJ - Some 302 students studying one of 6 World Languages at Watchung Hills Regional High School were inducted into those languages’ academic honor societies at a ceremony on Wednesday, April 19, in the school’s Performing Arts Center (PAC).
According to World Languages Supervisor Brad Commerford, the numbers of students honored this year for superior academic excellence of the six languages are: 162 in Spanish, 52 in Italian; 52 in French; and 34 in Chinese. In two languages, Latin and German, enrollment has dwindled and the programs are being phased out.
“Several students pursued study through online courses and qualified for the honor societies,” said Principal George Alexis.“With a focus on preparing students for a fast-changing global economy, we remain committed to strengthening our programs in Chinese, French, Spanish and Italian.”
This year’s inductee in the German Honor Society is Joshua Schmidt. This year’s inductees in the Latin Honor Society isVerma Amreeta and Foram Vaidya.
One student, junior Vincent Pasquale Tartaro, qualified for induction into two language honor societies, in Spanish and Italian.
The induction ceremony was attended by the students, their family members and guests. The guest speaker for the ceremony was Amanda Seewald, board member of the Northeast Conference of the Teaching of Foreign Languages (NCTFL) and the Foreign Language Educators of New Jersey (FLENJ). Seewald, who is a speaker of Spanish, French and Japanese, is the author and director of Maracas Spanish Program for Young Learners, Commerford said. Maracas began as grant-funded pilot program developed, written and taught by Seewald.
In congratulating the students for their academic achievement in World Languages, Seewald encouraged them to continue learning and mastering languages.
More and more, employers are looking for students who have multi-lingual skills and who are “globally engaged.” She said there is a need for global engagement, global learning, and people who are global citizens, who are able to communicate – to be thought provokers, barrier breakers – in multiple languages.
WHRHS teachers from each language read the names of the inducted students, who all stood to be acknowledged and receive the applause of the audience. One student from each language read aloud the induction oath for each society in that society’s language. The students gave their acceptance, “I accept,” in each of the six languages. The oaths and the acceptances were projected on an overhead screen on PAC stage, written in the six languages.
Students reading the oath were: Spanish, Karthik Irakam; Italian, Pasqualina Rivetti; French, Kira Leinwand; Chinese, Emily Yan; Latin, Amreeta Verma and Foram Vaidya; and German, Joshua Schmidt.
The students who were inducted are:
Spanish: Keerthi Adusumilli, Mayra Ascencio Segovia, Audrey Azeez, Emily Barreira, Christopher Barry, Kathryn Berger, Nikhil Bhat, Jordan Blitzer, Spencer Bokach, Michael Brady, Anjelica Britez, Nicole Butrico, Alison Cabrera, Shaun Cagnetta, Katherine Campbell, Matthew Canary, David Cantone, Kari Carmody, Rebecca Chang, Emily Chen, Clara Citarella, Aidan Clarke, Alessandro Conte, Allison Conway, Troy Cullen, Julia Cunningham, Meghana Dantuluri, John Dardis, Alyssa deCavalgnac, Michael Deo, Vamsi Desu, Brianna DeVico, Michelle Du, Michael Dwyer, Andrew Economides, Michael Erickson, Jillian Ferrara, Rachelle Flores, Lindsay Fogel, Julia Fullowan, Scott Galdos, Clare Gallic, Ian Glass, Julia Glickman, Justin Goldberg, Nicole Goldstein, NinotchkaGuasch, Alex Hain, Justin Halper, Joshua Hansen, Aaron Hao, Thomas Hemsworth, Maura Herkert, Alison Hoffmann, Allison Horvath, Sonali Howe, Karthik Irakam, Tyler John James, AshilJhaveri, Oscar Johansson, William Johnson, Kristopher Kantor, Brittany Keller, Stephanie Keller, Gabriela Kenna, James Kennelly IV, Sam Khazaei, Brianna King, Ryan Krakower, Mary Kusik, Felicia Laviola, Stephen Lee, Kristina Lesaca, Calvin Li, Christopher Liebau, Rachel Lu, Arjun Mahal, Isabelle Manettas, Ethan Marmolejos, Zoha Masood, Ronil Mavinkurve, Sarah McCracken, Kayla McNulty, Hannah Melillo, Angela Munoz, Michael Murray, Ryan Murray, Brian Nalewajek, Amy Narakornpichit, Eliana Neuwirth, Annamaria Newmark, Ryan O’Byrne, Lauren Olin, Gillian O’Meara, Alexander Overzat, Tara Panella-Eichler, Caitlyn Park, Jessica Pearlstein, Nicole Pila, Brady Pilsbury, Kelsey Pinto, Alexis Pinzon, Lexi Pollner, Morgan Pravato, Rachel Printz, Alyssa Printz, BrigitaPrzybylski, Michael Raman, Abigail Ramirez, Jenna Ramunno, Michael Racenello, Jonathan Rich, Gabriella Roca, Griffin Rocco, Jack Roche, Thomas Ronan, Sydney Roth, Andrew Roth, David Roushdy, Rachel Sabnani, Shabab Sahranavard, Sana Salam, Gillian Santos, Diana Sarrico, Grace Emma Schafhduser, Jordan Scheiner, Sara Schultz, Jarett Schwartz, Tori Sen, Gregory Shanahan, Lindsey Shi, Deeba Shokrani, Cristina Silva, Samantha Simon, Connie Situ, Jesse Song, Emma Sonta, John Sonta, Olivia Sarr, Kathleen Savole, Maia Stephenson, Jeffrey Stickler, Christopher Strona, Joshua Tankel, Marlene Alexandra Tartaro, Vincent Pasquale Tartaro, Alexis Tekin, Michael Tobin, Myah Toubin, Emma Tuberty-Vaughan, Arbi Ulaj, Arlind Ulaj, Eris Ulaj, Jheisy Urgilez, Rachel Vargas, Isabella Vitlin-Stein, Abby Watkins, Sydney Wilcenski, Sarah Wilson, Susan Wong, Michelle Yang, and Alexander Young.
Italian: Gianna Alfano, Sarah Baptista, Rhiannon Barone, Julian Bisci, Peter Bosco, Gina Calleo, Giovanni Colatruglio, Charles Dardis, Anhony DeNave, William DiSturco, Adam Fogarty, Drew Furlong, Angela Gage, Preston Gatto, Stephanie Gombas, John William Hadlet, Tanner Hogan, Sarah Kelly, Juliet Keselman, Michael Kinsella, Sofia Kolodin, Annabel Kopell, Natalie Kuijlaars, Brian Leon Garcia, Vincent Marinello, Jillian Mastrobattista, Lianna Meehan, Camryn Murphy, Jesse Noble, Nicholas O’Keefe, Abigail Zuzanna Palfy, Matthew Piccirilli, Gabrielle Piggot, Noelle Puleo, Matthew Renzo, Emilie Ricciardi, Pasqualina Rivetti, Alexander Ronan, Shreyas VermaSagi, Jessica Santo, John Schaefer, Angelia Seda, DhruvShankar, Jash Soni, Anthony Speros, Vincent Pasquale Tartaro, Tessa Unke, Elisabeth Weaver, Hannah Weiss, Kevin Wittmaack, Maegan Wood, Carrie Zhang, and Christina Zeppi.
French: Rohan Barade, Carson Brooks, Emily Carrieri, DanaeChurchill, Abigail Chutnik, Nicole Entrup, Nicole Freire, Haley Frey, Abigail Gallic, Alexandra Gilmore, Vrinda Goel, Nicole Hamilton, Melissa Hertzberg, Sierra Heuvelman, PramathKalelkar, Nila Kirupaharan, Emily Krouk, Rachel Lee, Rachel Lehner, Kira Leinwand, Alanna Margulies, Andres Marquez, Emma Marszalek, Andrew McAvoy, Katherine Morris, Arielle Ostry, Vineet Parikh, Micah Parker, Adrian Patterson, Andrew Pluta, Deepta Raghavan, Nicole Regimbal, Caroline Rucker, Anna Rugolo, Neha Saju, Amber Sautner, Jessica Shapiro, Haley Silbert, Allison Simon, Rajveer Singh, Sam Sinnott, Emmaline Stoddard, Sanjay Subramanian, Annika Surapaneni, Alexandra Terry, Sarah Wagman, Julia Lexie Waldman, Helen Yang, Linda Ye, Christopher Yu, Jaime Yue, and Natalie Zurek.
Chinese: Benjamin Allgor, James M. Bai, Reid Baltuch, Steven Bressler, Tristen Chau, Vincent Dai, Andrew Giniger, William Gitoneas, Max Grossberg, Robert Haiken, Ang-Ting Ho, Michael Hopwood, Jack Horan, Kenneth Hsueh, Emery Jochnau, Nicholas Kong, Megan Ma, Nicholas McGann, Joshua Pester, Brian Richmond, Nicole Salk, Andrew Song, Kevin Tan, Caitlyn Tong, Jennifer Walpow, Ella Walsh, Brandon Wang, Nicole Wang, Steven Wang, Emily Yan, Jenny Yan, Neil Yang, Zachary Young, and Cherlin Zhu.