Spanish Honors Society

Membership & Requirements


National Spanish Honor Society Members: 

    1 activity per month

    1 hour of service

    1 meeting per month

Spanish Club Members:

    1 activity per month

    1 meeting per month

Spanish Club Participants:

    1 meeting per month


Service Opportunities:

    St Lawrence: tutor Tuesdays 3:00-3:30

    Holy Family: tutor Wednesdays after school

    Holy Family: help with Children’s Church Sundays 11:00-12:15 

    Seton: tutor a student that takes Spanish (give business cards with your information and times available to the Spanish teachers)



The Constitution and Bylaws


Nuestra Señora de Guadalupe Chapter

Sociedad Honoraria Hispánica

Seton High School, Cincinnati, Ohio


Article I. Name and Classification

Section 1. The name of this organization is the Sociedad Honoraria Hispánica, also known as the Spanish National Honor Society and shall be referred to in this document as "the Society."

Section 2. The purpose of the Society is to recognize high achievement in Spanish by students of secondary schools and to promote continuity of interest in Hispanic and Luso-Brazilian studies.

Article II. Qualifications for Membership

Section 1. To be eligible for the Society, students must meet all of the following criteria.

a) Student must be actively enrolled in a Spanish class.

b) Student 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). Student must have A- average in all Spanish classes.

e). Student must have an overall B average.

f). Student must never have failed a class due to attendance.

g). Student must have participated in the National Spanish Exam at least one time.

Section 2. A Spanish teacher will nominate eligible students.

Article III. Application and Initiation

Section 1. Members of the Spanish Department will invite eligible students to apply in January after the first semester grades are published.

Section 2. Potential members must fill out an application for admission and complete a portfolio. Both of these items are to be presented to their current Spanish teacher by date specified in eligibility letter.

Section 3. The Acceptance Committee will be comprised of a combination of Language teachers and the current Society officers.

Section 4. The portfolio is to be made up of the following elements:

* best piece of classroom writing in Spanish

* a personal statement to include interest in language

* personal qualifications, commitment to the betterment of Seton High School

* personal qualities and examples of character, leadership, honesty, service, and cooperation

Section 5. Acceptance letters will be distributed the last week of February or the first week in March.

Section6. Initiation Ceremony will take place in March on a date yet to be determined.

Article IV. Qualifications for Continued Membership

Section 1. Each year members must engage in an activity from each of the following categories: Academic Commitment, Community Commitment, and Global Commitment.

Section 2. Academic commitment may be defined in part as the following: current enrollment in a Spanish class, publication in ¡Albricias!, maintenance of an overall GPA of B or better.

Section 3. Community Commitment may be defined in part as participation in the following: Spanish club activities, tutoring a Hispanic student at a local grade school, tutoring a Seton student or eighth grader in Spanish, becoming a bilingual buddy for a bilingual elementary student.

Section 4. Global Commitment may be defined in part as participation in the following: Guatemala mission trip, Honduras mission trip, involvement in a global Latino issue through Amnesty International or other support or Human Rights awareness groups such as Saints for Life.

Section 5. Students must continue to show academic integrity and character as noted by no recorded incidents of cheating, plagiarism, misconduct, insubordination or intentional dishonesty.

Article V. Dues and Fees

Section 1. Dues of ten dollars ($10) at initiation: $5 national dues, $5 chapter dues.

Article VI. Elections and Duties of Officers

Section 1. There are four officers of the Society: President, Membership Secretary, Recording Secretary and Treasurer. The officers must be enrolled in a Spanish class in order to hold office.

Section 2. Officers are elected by simple majority of active members present during the final meeting of the year.

Section 3. The duties of the officers are as follows: attendance at all meetings, serve as exemplars for other members of the Society and the SHS community, choose a poem for the initiation ritual.

Section 4. The role of the President is to preside at Underclassmen Awards Ceremony, preside at meetings, and serve as student spokesperson for the Spanish Department.

Section 5. The role of the Membership Secretary is to keep the ledger of initiates, keep the ledger of Active members and their membership qualifications and attendance, and keep the ledger of current officers.

Section 6. The role of Recording Secretary is to keep record of all meetings, service projects and correspondence of the Society.

Section 7. The role of the Treasurer is to collect dues and keep the financial records of the Society.

Article VII. Meetings

Section 1. Meetings are to be regularly scheduled by the sponsors and officers. There shall be no less than one meeting per quarter.

Section 2. The first meeting of the year will take place in August to elect new officers and to set direction for the coming year.

Article VIII. Awards and Recognition

Section 1. Sponsors of Active Chapters may award the Certificado de Excelencia to initiated members, winners in the National Spanish Examinations, or to the initiated member who has achieved the highest grade point average in Spanish for that school year. Duplicate certificates are awarded in case of ties. The number of awards is limited to ten percent of current initiates.

Section 2. Sponsors of Active Chapters may award the Certificado por Servicios to recognize initiated members who have rendered meritorious service to their Chapter. The number awarded is limited to ten percent of current initiates.

Section 3. Sponsors of Active Chapters may award the Premio de Honor to the best graduating senior of the Chapter. The certificate may be obtained from the National Director of the Society at no cost, and will be sent upon receipt of the student’s name. The names of both the student and the Chapter sponsor will be printed in ¡Albricias! if sent by the deadline. Each Chapter may receive only one certificate each year.

Article IX. Insignia

Section 1. The insignia of the Society is the official one of the AATSP, as represented on the medals which may be awarded for excellence in Spanish and Portuguese.

Section 2. The seal of the AATSP is the offical seal of the Society, and it may be used in conjunction with any other seal upon approval of the National Council.

Section 3. The motto of the Society is: Todos a una.

Section 4. The colors of the Society are red and gold.

Section 5. The flower of the Society is the carnation.

Article X. Emergency Bylaws

Section 1. Additional regulations for facilitating the government of the Society and the activities of the Chapter may be prepared by the National Council whenever the exigencies for such regulations may arise.

Section 2. Dues may be initiated at the beginning of each year to be determined by the Sponsor and advisors.



Remember, Spanish club members are expected to complete at least 1 activity per month. There are plenty of opportunities! 

Please sign up for activities on the following google docs: 

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