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World Language Induction Ceremony

Inductees, parents, educators and students gathered for the World Language Induction Ceremony at Ladue Horton Watkins High School Nov. 2 to induct new members into the four language honor societies: French, German, Latin and Spanish.

The evening began with a welcome from Abheek Dhawan, president of the Sociedad Honoraria Hispanica, who emphasized the significance of learning a second language and embracing the richness of different cultures.

“The mission of [the] Spanish, German, French and Latin language societies is to recognize high school student achievement and to promote an interest in all cultures,” Dhawan said. “The organizations are a path to promoting interest and instilling a deeper understanding of the value of the various cultures and languages represented here tonight.”

The event featured guest speakers, including Annette Hayes, Assistant Principal of Ladue, Dr. Amy Zielinski, Assistant Superintendent of Curriculum and Dr. Celia Santi Grau Perez, Professor of Obstetrics and Gynecology at Washington University. These speakers shared their experiences, highlighted the importance of language proficiency and encouraged students to explore the world through language learning.

The highlight of the evening, however, was the induction of new students into the World Language Honor Societies. Students who have shown exceptional dedication and achievement in their language studies were recognized and inducted into these societies. The induction ceremony symbolized their commitment to promoting language proficiency and cultural understanding.

“As a team, I and the other officers in the societies worked hard to show Ladue’s commitment to world languages and how our programs impact the community,” Audrey Goldman, German Honor Society junior president, said.

“We have participated in conjunction with Latinos Unidos to celebrate Hispanic Heritage Month, making piñatas as well as learning about Hispanic music, food and important historical figures,” Kynlee Giesie, Sociedad Honoraria Hispanica secretary, said. “We volunteered with the World Pediatric Project, sorting through medical supplies, and the Festival of Nations.”

After the societies recited their oaths, promising to dedicate themself to learning the language and opening their minds to new cultures, the event came to a close and left new inductees inspired and enthusiastic.

“I think that the [language societies] will really help students connect with the language and have a space to practice our skills.” Aalaa Mahmoud, an inductee, said. “I’m looking forward to the volunteering opportunities and the chance to interact with other people who are dedicated to learning as well.”

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