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St. Joseph’s holds first Spanish Honor Society induction

by on March 08, 2018 8:01 AM

BOALSBURG — Thirty new members were inducted into St. Joseph’s Catholic Academy Spanish  Honor Society on Feb. 28. 

According to SJCA, the Sociedad Honoraria Hispanica is an academic honor society focused on Spanish and/or Portuguese language excellence in secondary education and promotes a continuity of interest in Hispanic and Luso-Brazilian studies. The San Jose Chapter at SJCA focuses on Spanish. The chapter, one of 2,000 national and international chapters, was chartered in 2017.

The society's inductees included: Anna Aiello, Jacob Cusatis, Julia Cusatis, Jordan Dawson, Madeleine DeNezza, Addie Ebbs, Veronica Emigh, Lea Fisher, Nicole Flis, Peter Forstmeier, Bryce Herman, Kenzie Kocher, Alexandra Kranich, Hannah Langelaan, Ana Legaspi, Benjamin Macafee, Catherine McCarthy, Ruthanna McMurtrie, Amanda Mohamed, Elizabeth Peters, Denaya Poston-Cooper, Teghan Prospero, Shannon Saclyn, Ava Starks, Matthew Steyers, Victoria Suhy, Jason Thomas, Catalina Thornburg, Piper Weldon and Max Wortman.

“Students must have a 3.5 average to apply (to the society)," said Dr. Tom Masullo, sponsor of Sociedad Honoraria Hispanica. "When they apply, they are making a commitment to provide 15 hours of community service, with eight of those hours to be spent within the Hispanic community.”

In addition to Masullo, Jean Kozak, interim head of school, and Lauren Brauckmann, Spanish student teacher from PSU, took part in the event.

“Being a member of the Spanish Honor Society is another way that students demonstrate to colleges and employers that they have an interest in expanding cultural diversity,” Masullo said.

Connie Cousins covers Centre County for the Gazette.
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