Language Honor Societies at AOSR
French Honor Society
La Société Honoraire de Français
The French Honor Society was first formed at AOSR in 2012. It is a society that aims to promote French culture and encourage the study of the French language. Members of the French Honor Society are chosen based on academic performance both in and out of French class.
This year, we have 14 members.
As a group, the members aim to promote a community based on respect, solidarity and support.
Every year the French Honor Society choses a specific cause to support throughout the academic year.
This year, we chose to work for a series of causes that include the non-profit organization, I Ragazzi di Ullman, created in honor of our teacher. We also organized multiple fundraisers, one of which was dedicated to the victims of the Amatrice earthquake and another for the purchase of sleeping bags for refugees in Rome. The latter is organized by the local organization, Baobab, which is also the main organization we chose to support. Along with our famous crepe sales, we also organize events that aim to raise awareness on global francophone issues. Recently, the French Honor Society has been advertising Amnesty International’s petition regarding the victims of the Allied Democratic Forces’ attacks in Congo, in an attempt to take action against the unjust killings of civilians.
Spanish Honor Society
Sociedad Honoraria Hispánica
Sponsored by the American Association of Teachers of Spanish and Portuguese (AATSP), the Sociedad Honoraria Hispánica is an honor society for high school students. Its mission is to recognize achievement in the Spanish and/or Portuguese languages and and to promote interest in Hispanic and Luso-Brazilian studies. Formally organized in 1953, the Sociedad Honoraria Hispánica has over 2,500 national and international chapters.
AOSR's chapter - Puente de las Américas - admits interested 10th, 11th, and 12th graders who have maintained an honor average in the study of Spanish during their first year of high school. Criteria for selection include character, leadership, seriousness of purpose, cooperation, honesty, service and commitment to others.
Over the past years, the Sociedad Honoraria Hispánica has raised funds to help children in Bolivia's silver mining regions and has organized a One Cause, One Euro, One Day initiative for communities in Ecuador as they lived through the difficulties caused by the massive earthquake in the spring of 2016. We also raised funds for Camino Seguro, a top-rated charity working in Guatemala to offer education for children and families making their lives around the City's garbage dump.
Starting in the 2016-2017 school year - with the support of our teachers and our administration - we have focused on more service-oriented efforts in our own community by starting what we like to call "AOSR recycling movement".
Please stay tuned for more information in the coming months on current and new projects!
Italian Honor Society
La Società Onoraria Italica
The purpose of Italian Honor Society, " Leonardo da Vinci", is not only to give recognition to outstanding performance in Italian class, but also to promote a greater understanding and appreciation of Italian culture. Italian Honor Societies were founded in 1924 by the American Association of Teachers of Italian to promote the study of the Italian language, literature, and culture in schools, colleges and universities in North America.
Now, after nine decades, there are about 1,500 members around the world, including AOSR. In the past, the Italian Honor Society at AOSR helped the “Turtle Project “, an organization that provides support, education and rehabilitation to autistic children, through a school fundraisers like bake sales and Mayfair. They have also focused on donating funds to others societies, such hospital San Pietro, in memory of Mr. Ullman, continued support to La Lega del Filo d'Oro, and funds to help earthquake victims of school "Romolo Capranica " di Amatrice .
There are currently 7 members of the Italian National Honor Society.