Information regarding NSHS at SMWHS
La Sociedad Honoraria Hispánica recognizes those students who excel in the study of Spanish. The Sayreville Chapter, «La Esperanza,» or "Hope", was established in 1977 and is affiliated with the National Spanish Honor Society, with chapters throughout the nation and the world. A formal Induction Ceremony in Spanish is conducted as prescribed by the National Organization. Invitations to join the Society are made following the first semester to students of Spanish III, IV, and Advanced Placement. The requirements are:
Students of Spanish III: a 90 or better mid-year average in III and a 90 or better final average in I or II, if studied at the high school.
Students of Spanish IV: a 90 or better mid-year average in IV.
Students of Spanish AP: an 85 or better mid-year average in AP.
Invitations are also extended in September to former students of III and IV who achieve a 90 or better final average in their course of the previous year. Final grades from I and II do not affect election in September.
The goals of «La Esperanza» are, in addition to recognizing the academic success of its members, to promote the study of Spanish, to encourage the understanding of the Hispanic culture and people, and to provide opportunities for school and community service to its members. Annual school-wide projects are the Celebration of World Languages Week in March, a Tutoring Program, and a world-wide Pen Pal Service. Society members also participate in Letter Writing Breakfasts to cheer veterans and hospital patients, the making of Hispanic crafts to be given to out-of-school groups, presenting programs in other district schools, and the opportunity for publication of art and writing in the national magazine. The Society also sponsors dinner trips for its members. The officers are president, vice-president, secretary, and treasurer. The colors are red and gold. The motto is «Todos a una», "All for one".