Friday, March 21, 2014

New Academic Achievement group at CMH - Spanish Honor Society

Last night, the first members of the San Ysidro de Seville Chapter of the Sociedad Honoraria Hispánica were inducted.

This academic, cultural and service organization was founded in 1949 by the American Association of Teachers of Spanish and Portuguese.  The AATSP promotes the study and teaching of the Spanish and Portuguese languages and their corresponding Hispanic, Luso-Brazilian and other related literatures and cultures at all levels of education.  The Society serves as a means to incorporate the Association's efforts into the experiences of secondary school students.

The keynote speaker for the evening was Jorge Uribe-Cano, a CMH parent, Columbian immigrant and part of GE Medical's global outreach efforts.  Jorge spoke of the power, value and purpose of being bi-lingual in the modern world.

The chapter at CMH is a result of the idea and efforts of Breanna Aldred.  Breanna pursued this honor for the school as part of her CAS (Community Action Service) Project for the IB Diploma.  Breanna is thus the chapter's founder and first president.  Senora Diedrich and Senorita Malone serve as moderators.

It is impressive that the students chose as the patron for the CMH chapter St. Isidore of Seville.  Isidore is a Doctor of the Church and has been referred to as the Schoolmaster of the Middle Ages.  He is the patron saint of both librarians and (recently declared by JPII) the internet. 
After the death of their parents, Isidore was raised by his three older brothers, all of whom are canonized saints of the Church.  Initially considered a poor student it is written that he gave the problem over to God and eventually became one of the most learned men of his time.

Archbishop of Seville, teacher, founder, reformer.  Prolific writer whose works include a dictionary, an encyclopedia, a history of Goths, and a history of the world beginning with creation.  He introduced the works of Aristotle to Spain.  In 1722 he was declared a "Doctor of the Church."  Only thirty-five great theologians of history have received this designation.

Congratulations to all the first members of the San Ysidro de Sevilla chapter of the Sociedad Honoria Hispanica!

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