Established in the United States in 1953, the Spanish National Honor Society (Sociedad Honoraria Hispánica) is an organization for high-achieving high school students in grades 10 and above. Students must maintain a grade point average which is determined by each individual chapter, and must have completed at least three semesters of Spanish or Portuguese.
Benefits of membership in the Spanish National Honor Society include opportunities for a number of prestigious awards, including scholarships and travel awards to countries such as Mexico, Peru, and Argentina. The organization is sponsored by the American Association of Teachers of Spanish and Portuguese, and currently consists of more than 2,000 national and international chapters.
Each chapter inducts new students at an annual initiation ceremony. Although it isn’t required, many chapters are service-oriented. Members participate in a variety of cultural activities and conduct service work in their communities.
About the Author: Alexandra Chapman is a busy high school scholar and athlete who enjoys movies, music, poetry, spending time with friends, and an assortment of outdoor activities and sports. Ms. Chapman often donates her time to charity fundraising events in her hometown of Victor, New York. She is a member of the National Honor Society and the Spanish National Honor Society.
Alexandra Chapman is now a freshman at Syracuse University. She is in the honors program and is studying biology. She made the Dean’s List for the fall 2012 semester.