The Sociedad Honoraria Hispánica (SHH) is an honor society for high school students enrolled in Spanish. The purpose of the Society is to recognize high achievement in Spanish and to promote continuity of interest in Hispanic studies. The SHH was formally organized as the Spanish National Honor Society in 1953. The Society is classified as a national and international academic honor society in the study of high school Spanish and is sponsored by the American Association of Teachers of Spanish and Portuguese, Inc. (AATSP)
Motto: Todos a una.
About our Chapter
Our chapter was established in the fall of 2014 and was named after the pillars for the independence of most Latin American countries. Simón Bolívar also known as El Libertador “the Liberator” was born in Caracas, Venezuela. He led the Independence from Spain of Venezuela, Colombia, Ecuador, Peru and Bolivia. Miguel Hidalgo y Costilla also known as the Father of Independence for Mexico was born in Guanajuato Mexico. He was a Roman Catholic priest who led the movement for the independence from Spain. José de San Martin was an Argentinean soldier who led the independence of Argentina, Peru and Chile. Bernardo O’Higgins was a Chilean Revolutionary leader who led the military forces against Spain for the freedom of Chile. He fought alongside of José de San Martin.José Gervasio Artigas also known as the Father of Uruguayan nationhood was born Montevideo, Uruguay.
Qualifications for Membership
- Membership to the society is not for everyone and it is a very selective process. Students are nominated by a Spanish teacher and must meet high scholarship, leadership and character qualities. The sponsor and an administrator determine who is ineligible for continued membership. Students are invited to apply for membership and once accepted they will take part on the initiation ceremony.
- To be eligible for the Society, students must meet all of the following criteria.
- a) Students must be actively enrolled in a Spanish class.
- b) Students must be enrolled in the 3rd semester of Spanish or higher.
- c) Transfer students must have spent one full semester in the program before eligibility.
- d) Students must have a 90+ average in all Spanish classes. Native speakers must have a 92+ average.
- e) Students must have an overall 85 average.
- f) Student must demonstrate leadership skills and good character.
- g) Students must have never have failed a class due to attendance.
- h) Students must be willing to participate in community service.
- i) Students must complete an application.