The Sleepy Hollow High School Foreign Language Honor Society provided an evening filled with history and culture Wednesday night, as more than 70 members were inducted into the organization. The students were recognized for their academic achievements in Spanish, French and Italian and for their efforts in sharing their love of languages with others.
The evening began with the Sleepy Hollow Advanced Quartet welcoming the inductees into the auditorium with a rendition of the Tango .
FLHS members then explained the important role that foreign language plays not only in studies, but in life.
Co-President Luca Brown’s mother emigrated to the United States from Germany and he learned two languages from birth. When entered the Dual Language Program nine years ago, he learned Spanish, his third language. “Language has allowed a deeper understanding of a culture different from my own; the universal truth is that learning language leads to cultural acceptance and unity.” said Brown.
The new members took part in a candle-lighting ceremony as they pledged to pursue their passion for foreign languages in high school and beyond.
Student performances included solos by: Kimberly Mourao who performed “Lambada” by Kaoma on the ukulele, Casey McDonough, singing, and Katie Kudla, dancing to “Il mondo primo di te,” and Sarah Clayton who played “Morceau de concert” by Camille San Saens on the French horn. Margaret Ruhland-Mauhs and Ava Miller led the audience in some tongue-twisters to help them with their pronunciation!
Thank you to Foreign Language Honor Society Advisors Elena Pousada and Mary Noll.