From the Desk of Alexandra Chapman: About the Spanish National Honor Society

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.




From the Desk of Alexandra Chapman: Benefits of Membership in the National Honor Society

Established in Pennsylvania in 1921, the National Honor Society is an organization for high-achieving students in grades 10 through 12. The prestigious organization, sponsored by the National Association of Secondary School Principals, provides a variety of benefits and opportunities for members.

The National Honor Society maintains a number of scholarship programs that recognize outstanding leadership, character, and academic achievement. Scholarships include the Herff Jones Principal’s Leadership Award, which provides an opportunity for high school principals to recognize deserving students. The Prudential Spirit of Community Award recognizes students on the basis of community service. Other awards include the American Citizenship Award and the President’s Education Award Program. Various opportunities for leadership, service, and scholarship are available through individual chapters.

Members of the National Honor Society have an opportunity to attend a LEAD conference, an annual event that offers opportunities for members to network, share ideas, meet leaders, attend workshops, listen to national speakers, and take ideas for improvement back to their local chapters. Students apply to attend a LEAD conference, held in one of three different areas of the country. In 2012-13, conferences were held in Phoenix, Chicago, and Washington, D.C.

About the Author: A high school student in Victor, New York, Alexandra Chapman has received a number of awards for her leadership and academic achievement. She maintains memberships in several academic organizations, including the National Honor Society. In spite of her busy schedule, she volunteers time to charitable organizations, including groups that assist underserved families.