Spanish Honor Society

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The Sociedad Honoraria Hispánica (SHH) is a national honor society that recognizes academic achievement in Spanish by students at the high school level, and promotes the continuity of interest in Hispanic studies. SHH establishes a core of students as leaders and models, especially for beginning Spanish students. Members are inducted in the fall upon the completion of two semesters of Spanish.

Benefits of membership:

  • At the national level, the College Board has entered the SHH scholarship program on its data base making it a recognizable award;
  • The prestigious Joseph Adams Senior Scholarships are awarded in the spring of each year.
  • There are competitive, all expense paid travel awards for juniors to a Spanish-speaking country each summer.
  • Cash awards are given to members whose work is published in the magazine ¡Albricias!¡: $50 for front cover work, $35 for poetry and prose selections, and more cash rewards and recognition to those whose work is chosen as Best of ¡Albricias!
  • This honor is a valuable addition to your resumé or college applications.
  • Three awards are given within the chapter each year. The Certificado de Excelencia is awarded to the initiated member with the highest overall grade point average in Spanish for that school year. The Certificado por Servicio is awarded to the initiated member(s) who have rendered outstanding service to their Chapter. The Premio de Honor is awarded to the best graduating senior of the Chapter.
  • Criteria for membership:

  • According to national guidelines, eligible candidates must complete both Spanish I and II with an "A" final average in both courses.
  • Students are considered for membership after completion of the second level of Spanish, unless the student is a senior enrolled in Spanish II.
  • As one of the purposes of this organization is to recognize those students who continue with the language, students are encouraged to continue with their language studies. However, it is not a membership requirement to enroll in Spanish III.
  • Performance in classes other than Spanish is important as well. Students failing other courses will not be considered for induction.
  • Students must have a behavioral record free from suspension, instances of academic dishonesty (i.e. plagiarism), and/ or a pattern of inappropriate behavior.
  • Members must engage in proposed society activities and/or fundraisers.
  • All students inducted must demonstrate commendable integrity and character, a cooperative spirit, seriousness of purpose, honesty, and an appreciation for cultural diversity. This is an important qualification for membership.


Dues are $25 for official membership at the national level and access to awards and scholarships, as well as an honor stole for graduation.

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