RANDOLPH, NJ- The Randolph High School Chapter of the National Spanish Honor Society inducted 62 new members in a candlelit ceremony last month.
Juniors and a few seniors carried electronic candles as they walked onto the stage in the high school auditorium and then took an oath. The ceremony also featured a special dance from Ecuador performed by a student and RHS alum wearing authentic costumes. RHS Principal Debbie Iosso and World Language Supervisor Paula Parades-Corbel congratulated the students.
RHS Principal Debbie Iosso welcomed students, faculty and families to the ceremony and encouraged them to look for the positive in the world. "We can always make a choice to see the positive in our world and continue to do what we can to make it better. I encourage all of the students here tonight - both new inductees and existing members - to look around our school community and instead of posting on social media all of the bad - find ways in which you can enhance who we are and what we do to make our world a better place."
World Language Supervisor Paula Parades-Corbel thanked Society Advisor Sybil Gonzalez and the entire Spanish department for their hard work and dedication and then addressed the students. "We all know that learning to communicate in another language is no easy task and takes many years if study, but it is well worth the time and the effort put into it. When you are asked to complete a communicative task in class, you are really being trained to develop your ability to read context clues, to improvise and to rely on visual and cultural communication. This ability to speak more than one language allows you to not only communicate with more people around the world but it opens your eyes and minds to other cultures. You understand that there is more than one way to see the world and to solve a problem. These are all vital skills in life and not just in the classroom. I wish you all the best and please know that we in the Randolph schools are so very proud of your accomplishments."
Society President Haley McArthur, a senior, said becoming a member of the society helps student develop a better appreciation for other cultures.