Scotch Plains-Fanwood High School Holds World Language Honor Societies Induction Ceremony

Chinese Language Honor Society inductees
French Language Honor Society inductees
Italian Language Honor Society inductees
Spanish Language Honor Society inductees

SCOTCH PLAINS/FANWOOD, NJ -- Fifty-seven (57) students were inducted into their respective world language honor societies during a ceremony replete with pomp and circumstance  on Wednesday, Nov, 17.

Flag-bearing officers led their inductees into the auditorium as cultural music played. Senior Ryan Midwinter, who served as Master of Ceremonies, introduced the various guest speakers of the evening:

Catherine Buren, a sophomore representing the Chinese program, talked about the influences of her initial introduction to the Chinese language at a summer immersion program and her subsequent studies at a local Chinese school she attends on the weekend. Despite the difficulties of learning written Chinese characters and tones of the spoken language, Catherine spoke emphatically about her passion for learning Chinese. 

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Nikita Paranjape, a senior, addressed her personal journey with learning French over the last five years. She spoke about her initial fears of speaking the first time she traveled to France and the feelings of joy and giddiness when she was complimented for speaking French so well. She concluded her speech by saying, “Even if I may not be French by birth, it’s in me now, and it’s here to stay.”

Rachella Carlino shared her experiences of traveling to Italy to meet her cousins at a young age. In her speech, she fondly recalled her time spent as a child visiting her family in Italy but her desire to return one day being able to speak Italian. Now, as a junior in the Italian program, she feels that her experiences in learning the language have brought her closer to her Italian roots. 

Caroline English, a senior in the Spanish program, recalled her fourth-grade Spanish class as being exuberant and energetic and the impetus for learning the language. Caroline spoke with passion about her current volunteer work at El Centro Hispanoamericano working with young English language learners. She noted that through her volunteer work she has simultaneously become a teacher and student of the young children with whom she works. 

The World Language Honor Society officers conducted the induction ceremonies for each language entirely in the target language. The officers included: Amy Chen (Chinese), Sara Miller, Brianna McGowen (French), Olivia Barcia, Francesca Carlino (Italian), Caroline English and Nathaniel Redmount (Spanish).

Chinese Honor Society Inductees: Gianna Calligy, Danielle Glickstein, Grace Hollander, Ryan Lee, Robert Leonardo, Taylor Phifer-Fitch, Zander Reyes, Kathryn Schauer, Max Seefeldt, Isaac Wong, and Jessica Yu.

French Honor Society Inductees: Amanda Ball, Freya Natasha Buison, Tierra Buissereth, Nicole Muenzen, Sophia Rosahl, Shalini Shah, Emily Smulewitz, Mikaela Tajo, Rachel Tang, Joseph Varela, Talia Weinreb, and Lucy Zhang.

Italian Honor Society Iiductees included Angela Arvizzigno, Sara Barshap, Kara Bush, Rachella Carlino, David Chango, Lauren Daniele, Nina Daniele, Elizabeth DePaola, Ashley Diamond, Christina DiBella, Mary Fossaceca, Madison Gal, Avery Greenberg, Rachella Carlino, Ben Kuperschmid, Matthew Lozito, Alessandra Makris, Matthew Porchetta, Justin Rizzi, Eleanor Szelc, Julia Verardi, and Isabella Verga. 

Spanish Honor Society: Danielle Bowles, Ryan Cleary, Michael Dieu, Sydney Evans, Justin Giaimo, Sara Greene, Shane Hernandez, Erin Hopkins, John Kayser, Kayla Krutis, Dominick Lamastra, Brent Mankin, Olivia Speranza, and Jacqueline Stovall. is Scotch Plains-Fanwood’s only free daily paper. Sign up for our daily eNews and follow us on Facebook and twitter @SPF_TAP. Download the free TAPinto App for iPhone or Android.

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