Ten Vilonia High School students were inducted into the National Spanish Honor Society, Feb. 4, 2016. This is the first year for the Vilonia Chapter, which is named after famous Hispanic singer and philanthropist Shakira Isabel Mebarak Ripoll. Inductees include: Averi Ratliff, Rose McKay, Marybeth McKay, Alli Bonnema, Sydney Wader, Samantha Biltgen, Harlee Branson, Jessica Borden, Andrea Pruitt and Joshua Chamberlain.
The induction ceremony was led by Spanish Club officers which include Mercedes Smith (president), Aidan Ratliff (vice president), Alli Bonnema (secretary), Casey Williams (treasurer), Sarah Brantley, and Averi Ratliff (induction chairs).
National Spanish Honor Society is a part of the American Association of Teachers of Spanish and Portuguese. It is a nationally recognized group that offers scholarships, travel, and service opportunities to its members. As a member of the SHH (Sociedad Honoraria Hispánica), the student must qualify with a 3.5 cumulative GPA in Spanish as well as overall. They must also exude exemplary conduct, community service, and a desire to learn and experience the Spanish culture and language.
Students will take a trip this spring to a Latin American Dance Show as well as serve with Tacos for Life to prepare Manna Packs for community service and involvement. We are so excited to present students with this opportunity and look forward to the possibilities it holds for the future. Congratulations SHH. We are so proud of you. -Ms. Lefler & Mrs. Castle