SPARTA, NJ – The auditorium of Sparta High School was festooned with flags for the induction ceremony of the World Language Honor Societies.  This year 64 students met the requirements in their studies of Mandarin Chinese, German, French, Spanish and Russian. 

Sparta High School Principal Janet Ferraro made opening remarks of encouragement, congratulating the students on their accomplishments and thanking the parents for their support of their children.

World Language Supervisor Steve Schels introduced the World Language teachers; Leonard Zeng - Mandarin Chinese, Serge Wessels and Valerie Cole - French, Brigitte Blahut and Christiane Wessels – German, Eric Hood and William Brennan – Russian, Adriana Toma, Barbara Maneri and Matthew Hartman – Spanish.

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Schels also gave a description of the students’ requirements for induction. They had to be in the second semester of Level III of a World Language, maintain an A- or grade point average of 3.75 in the language of study and maintain a B or grade point average of 3.0.  The students must also be in good standing in citizenship and discipline.  Once inducted they are expected to maintain their grades and provide peer tutoring.

“I congratulate all of our inductees on their well-earned honor, as well as all of their teachers, who work so hard to help them reach this level of academic success and proficiency in a foreign language," said Schels. 

The candle lit ceremony was led by the executives of each society.  They made introductory statements and introduced each inductee by name.  The student leaders are:

  • Mandarin President Benjamin Giugliano and Secretary Jeremy Dericks
  • French President John Murzaku and Secretary Lauren Strouse
  • German President Emily Johnson and Secretary Kaeli Rivera
  • Russian President Sara Kujalowicz and Secretary Tom DeGasperis
  • Spanish Presiden Andrew Taveras and Secretary Maddie Cuan

Christinane Wessels closed the ceremony inviting everyone to the cafeteria for refreshments. 

The inductees’ procession and recession were accompanied by the student chamber orchestra, two who were also inducted, under the direction of Loni Bach.