Eliza Groze studies French at Sleepy Hollow High School but she enjoys learning about other cultures and attending the Foreign Language Honor Society’s International Banquet allows her to do just that. “I like to discover how people live and their history,” said Groze who is the Co-Vice President. “The banquet and honor society offer a global perspective.”
Wednesday, Nov. 28, students prepared and served dishes from around the world. “When you sit down and break bread with someone, meeting a basic need, there are no differences between you,” said Honor Society Advisor Elena Pousada.
Families, staff and community members cooked traditional favorites like arroz con pollo, baked ziti, polenta, mashed potatoes, applesauce and latkes. Local eateries Lefteris Gyro and PikNik also donated food. Those who attended the banquet sampled favorites and tried new foods while listening to music from different countries.
Co-President Luca Brown is fluent in English, Spanish and German and recognized the importance of sharing a love of language. “We honor the different cultures and traditions,” said Brown, “and that is the main goal of the Foreign Language Honor Society, to promote a learning environment for other cultures, especially in our diverse towns.”
Funds raised from the banquet and throughout the year will provide scholarships for college-bound seniors.
Students must earn an average of 85% to be inducted into the Foreign Language Honor Society.