Language is one of the hardest things to grasp as a human race and, there are over 6,000 living languages throughout the entire world. For the Spanish Honor Society, language is their passion and, they understand it and want to spread the Spanish language around the school and the community. There are many ways that one simple sentence can be expressed in many different ways in Spanish that can ultimately change the importance of the sentence. Junior Emma Yáñez has discovered more about herself and the language in general by joining Spanish Honor Society. “I joined Spanish Honor Society because it grants me the opportunity to remain with my heritage and culture with those in the community of my school that share the same passion for the culture and spanish language,” stated Yáñez. As this club does explore the language in the school, they explore the language in Denver’s Community. “For volunteering we engage by doing things such as Sweet Street and offering tutoring during homeroom,” said Yáñez. They go to nursing homes and sing to the people who live there, and they speak with people around them in Spanish. “My favorite part of the club is getting involved with the other members by doing things such as celebrating Día de Los Muertos at the Botanical Gardens and doing other activities that allow us to expand our knowledge on the various aspects of the culture,” said Yáñez. As most high school students have chosen to take Spanish because it’s a requirement, the impact that learning a language has on one’s mind can help transform their future. According to pewresearch.org, by 2020 the number of people speaking Spanish will be anywhere from 39 million to 43 million. Many people are choosing to speak Spanish at home even if it isn’t their “cultural language” because the language challenges their children’s mind in ways that the English language can’t. Since this club can be very impactful on student’s lives, it is challenging to get into. “ In order to be able to join Spanish Honor Society, you have to be in at least Spanish four and to have at least a 3.5 GPA. The induction Ceremony is towards the beginning of every year, and is run by our current members,” stated Yáñez. The Spanish Language is a very important language that is bound to be within all of us in a few years and the Spanish Honor Society is an important way to learn more about the Spanish Culture and the language itself.
Story by Ava Houghton