This year, IC Catholic Prep held its first ever induction ceremony for its Italian Honors Society. La Società Onoraria Italica (Italian Honor Society) is a national organization, sponsored by the American Association of Teachers of Italian, whose purpose is to recognize outstanding and highly motivated students of Italian language and culture. Its mission is to help honorary members deepen their knowledge of Italian language and culture. Six upperclassmen were inducted into IC Catholic chapter this year including Seniors Vincenzo Cerasuolo, Joshua De La Cruz, Anna Gendusa, Casey Kristie, and Juniors Demitri Davlantes, and Payton James. The inductees lit their candles of promise, cited the honorary pledge, and signed their names in the book honorarium. After some cordial words by the keynote speaker Vincenzo Cerasuolo and the moderator Raffaella Lostumbo, the inductees accepted their pledge and blew out their candles marking their names forever as the first chapter of the Italian Honors Society at IC Catholic Prep. When asked, “What does it mean to you be part of the Italian Honors Society?”, Casey Kristie said,” After four long years of studying the Italian language in class, it is so nice to finally be inducted into the Italian National Honors Society. I feel so honored to be part of this organization, and I know my family and friends are too!” Soon enough, the newly established society will look to plan its first community outreach through some kind of volunteer service and will help the Italian Club in its annual Saint Joseph’s Table on Monday, March 19th. With this continued enthusiasm and excitement, ICCP hopes to grow its chapter as more Italian students are sure to be eager to apply for membership into the society in the coming years.
— Joshua De La Cruz