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Eighteen Students Honored with Modern Language Society Induction

Germantown Academy hosted the 23rd Annual Modern Language Honorary Society Induction Ceremony. Eighteen students were inducted into their respective language's honor society by the faculty, who spoke almost entirely in the language of induction.

The Société Honoraire de Français (established in 1949 under the auspices of the Association of Teachers of French), the Sociedad Honoraria Hispánica (founded in 1953 by the Association of Teachers of Spanish and Portuguese), and the 全美中文荣誉学会简介 (established in 1993) are national language honor societies that celebrate the achievements of advanced French, Spanish, and Chinese students. Selection for Germantown Academy's local chapters of these organizations is based on the eligibility criteria set forth by the national organizations. Those criteria include:

  • Overall cumulative scholarship
  • Positive influence in the school community
  • Successful completion of Level 3 of the language at the honors level and enrollment in Level 4 Honors or above of the language
  • High academic achievement in the study of the modern language
  • A demonstrated commitment to fostering the study and use of modern languages
  • Active membership and leadership in language and/or language-related cultural activities


The following students were honored:

Chinese – inducted by Tsung Tsai, Chinese Teacher

  • Aidan Gor '25
  • Elena Lin '25


French – inducted by Ben Tinsley, Chair of the Upper School Modern Language Department

  • Charlotte Baughman '25
  • Laila DeHaven '25
  • Claire Durkin '24
  • Elizabeth Galloway '25
  • Austin Graffam '25
  • Gertie Lafferty '24
  • Umang Mittal '25
  • Eileen Wang ‘25


Spanish – inducted by Carol Peery Ayers 1760, Spanish Teacher

  • Sanya Bandekar '25
  • Allison Eichsteadt '25
  • Joanna Kim '25
  • Utsav Mittal '25
  • Tyler Nolan '25
  • Ishaan Paladugu '25
  • Lawerence Zhan '25
  • Roy Zhao '25

Not only was the ceremony beautiful with students lighting a candle and inscribing their name into the GA Modern Language Honor Society Journal as they were individually honored, but each student also recited a poem in their studied language. Carol Peery Ayers 1760 was also lauded by her colleagues upon her retirement this year after 25 years of service to GA.

Congratulations, 祝賀, toutes nos felicitations,felicitaciones to all of the honorees!