Bravo to all of the North Shore High School students who were inducted into the Foreign Language Honor Society. LOTE teacher Steven Burgos said “Tonight we celebrate an accomplishment that a very select group of students has achieved, one that is definitely not easily earned. Right now we have the opportunity to appreciate and celebrate the hard work, consistent effort, positive character and attitudes, constant studying, and overall commitment of our students to World Languages.” He continued, “What I enjoy seeing most is how much our students value exposure to other cultures across the globe. Students mention being able to communicate in another language, but they also emphasize understanding other cultures worldwide.”
Congratulations go out to French students including Brooke Bonn, Cathryn Casatuta, Sophie Cooke,Andrew Douglas, Sonia Jain, Alexander Laurens, Talia Pelts, Miranda Purcell, Carly Rovner, Lisa Sebetic, Giulianna Telvi, and Stephanie Zelenetz. Latin students Wilson Braun, Madalyn Conklin, Emily Davidow, Jessica Hannon, and Diana Vizza. Italian studentsSara Abbondondolo, Isabella Alessandrini, Paul Andris, Anna Aureliano, Victoria Barcellos, Shannon Borucke, Frank Castiglione, Alexandra Cefalu, Julia Cuite, Dorothea Geraci, Courtney M. Gilmartin, Jessica Gioia, Alyssa Greaney, Danielle Inzerillo, Michelle Jaco, Thea Kraus, Emma Lebenns, Alejandra Maldonado, Monica Manfredonia, Austin McCusker, Sophia Mele, Stephanie Melfi, Monica R. Morra, Bennett Parker, Misha Perelmuter, Isabella Sicuranza, Gabriel Temidis, and Marcella Tocco. In addition, Spanish students Jacob Abramowitz, Julia Albanese, Sajel Arya, Justin Baadarani, Stephanie Bazan, Stephanie Cuomo, Jacob Diaz, Gabrielle Farb, Cleo Fleming, Katerina K. Ganasoulis, Kevin Henneberger, Emma M. Kleemann, Jack Lincoln, Sanjay Malhotra, Joshua Mandell, Elias Mastakouris, Julia Reilly,Anna Rothenberg, Benjamin Saltzman, Alaina Van Pak, and Brendan Zbikowski. To be inducted, these students have maintained a minimum GPA of a 90 in 3 years of language study, are currently enrolled in that same language (as a senior), and demonstrate the highest standards of scholarship, leadership, and citizenship throughout the course of their studies here at North Shore High School. We are very proud of our students' accomplishments.
Mr. Burgos added, “According to Forbes, less than 20 percent of American adults speak a language other than English, while more than 50 percent of Europeans speak at least two languages.” He stated, “How can we build truly collaborative partnerships with our peers around the world if we wait for others to learn how to communicate with us? We can’t just rely on others knowing English, because we never know what language is going to be the common language in any given situation.”
Special thanks go out to all of the teachers in the LOTE department at North Shore High School and Assistant Principal Dr. Kevin Kurrus. It was a memorable Foreign Language Honor Society Induction Ceremony for all of those in attendance including proud family, friends, and faculty members. Congratulations to all!
Article and photo by Shelly Newman with assistance from LOTE teacher Steven Burgos
(LOTE stands for Language other than English)