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The Sigma Delta Pi Honor Society recognizes students who excel in the study of the language, literature, and culture of the Spanish-speaking world.

Ten students were inducted into the Sigma Delta Pi Hispanic Honor Society in a ceremony held at McBride Gathering Space on Tuesday, November 8.

The Sigma Delta Pi Honor Society recognizes students who excel in the study of the language, literature, and culture of the Spanish-speaking world that promote understanding, appreciation, and respect for the peoples, cultures, and societies of the world Spanish-speaking; and honors those who have promoted and strengthened a better understanding of the contributions of the Spanish-speaking world.

The motto of the honor society – Spanías Didagéi Proágomen – means “to continue under the inspiration of the Spanish language”.

The ceremony was led by Spanish teacher Ricardo Mendoza and students Elon Alexandra Borda ’23 and Mahogany Madden-Roberts ’22. The induction ceremony included words of encouragement from Cameron Wilson ’20, who has lived and worked in Argentina and Spain and is now located in Atlanta, Georgia, as he shared how he uses Spanish in his life to make a difference. There was live music from Professor Jorge Mendoza, originally from Colombia.

Finally, faculty members Elena Schoonmaker-Gates, Mayte de Lama, Ketevan Kupatadze, Mina García, Nina Namaste, Federico Pous, Pablo Celis-Castillo and Ricardo Mendoza participated in the ceremony and shared the latest tips.

Congratulations to the new Sigma Delta Pi inductees:

  • Emily Alps
  • Lucy Anne Hewitt
  • Olivia Christina Holtsclaw
  • Julia Laporte
  • Matthew Thomas Newberry
  • Eliane Olivier
  • Elissa Marie Rizzo
  • SonaliElena Schroder
  • Leah Marie Schwarz
  • Anna Sophia Maria Teresa Steinki

To join Sigma Delta Pi, students must have completed three years of college-level Spanish (18 semester credit hours) or equivalent, including at least three semester hours of a course in Hispanic Literature or Hispanic Culture and Civilization at the junior level (third year).

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