WEST ORANGE, NJ — The ever-growing World Languages Honor Societies at West Orange High School recently held a special ceremony to distribute cords to graduating seniors and welcomed new members.

Chinese, French, Italian and Spanish Honor Societies gathered in an environment of global community as family and friends cheered them on.

World Languages Supervisor Felix Plata welcomed parents, students, and families and emphasized the importance of global competetiveness, cultural responsiveness and multilingualism in the global community.

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"We are looking to affect people in their minds and hearts," said Plata, who also quoted Nelson Mandela by saying, "'If you talk to a man in a language he understands, that goes to his head. If you talk to him in his language, that goes to his heart.'"


West Orange High School World Languages Honor Society Induction:

National Chinese Honor Society:


Wei Huang, President

Ryan Retino, Secretary

Aaron Oshiro, Treasurer


New Members:                                                                                                                                      

Devin Andrada             Jackson Edwards                Imani Miller                                                       

Brandon Andrade         Tricia Garchitorena              Kevin Ng                                                        

Sofia Cordoba              Ashlea Hume                      Kiley Smith                                                   

Ruth Donagher             Chloe Mengden                  Brett Zeligson


National French Honor Society:


Aarushi Bhatnagar, Co-President

Proggya Paromita, Co-President

Jaden Thompson, Vice President

Rebecca Danemiller, Secretary


New Members:                                                                                                                              

Valentin Chindea         Cynthia Makachi                         Jahaira Santisteban   

Jasmine Cooper           Godwins Makoule                       Andie Schwartz                       

Shannon Dinio             Yara Mohamed                            Lily Stevens                         

Cassey Kuga                Stephany Reyes Morales                                                                                                                                


National Italian Honor Society:


Santiago Salinas, President

Wendy Monterrosa, Vice President

Amber Dalmacy, Treasurer

Jade Garguilo, Secretary 


New Members:                                                                                                                                        

Joaquin Acuna             Mark Mincolelli              Arnoldo Rivera                                            

Ziyanna Amanuel         Joseph Nalieth              Sophia Scholz                                 

Yamilee Chavez           Karin Palomino              Truman Segal                                              

Anna Cordova              Isabella Querques         Alyssa Tom                                                     

Johanna Jaeger            Bryan Reitberger          Justin Vera                                              

Jennifer Maciejak         Gabriel Reyna               Jason Visitacion                                                      

Maria Giovanna Winning


National Spanish Honor Society:


Jordan Broking, President

Keren Gouin, Vice President

Ian Darville, Secretary                                                                                    


New Members:                                                                                                                                        

Alisson Amador                            Ian Darville                           

Adriana Ayala                              Celeste Dayal       

Alejandra Baltazar                        Isabella Feliciano                            

Victoria Benaroya                         Alynna Sanchez

Jordan Broking