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Upper School Honors Modern Language Students

Germantown Academy hosted the 17th Annual Modern Language Honorary Society Dinner and Induction Ceremony on April 11. 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

This year's guest speaker was Upper School French teacher Dr. Lyn Lemaire. Ms. Lemaire is also the coordinator of the Franco-German Exchange with the LFA/DFG in Freiburg, Germany. A Philadelphia native, Lyn graduated from Padua Academy in Wilmington, Delaware in 1991 before going on to earn degrees at Cornell University (B.A. Magna Cum Laude), University of California, Santa Cruz (M.A.), and New York University (Ph.D.). Before coming to GA in 2016, she taught French, Spanish, and English at independent schools in New York and Paris, where she also worked as a freelance translator specializing in high-end cookbooks.

The following students were honored:

French – inducted by Linda Test, Co-Chair Upper School Modern Language Department

  • Brynne DiDonato '19
  • Naomi Friedman '19
  • Eric Nawrocki '19
  • Priya Padhye '19
  • Hannah Santos '18
  • Zoe Torrey '19

Spanish – inducted by Carol Ayers, Co-Chair Upper School Modern Language Department

  • Pooja Anand '19
  • Gregory Boymel '19
  • Sarah Brier '18
  • Vinit Joshi '19
  • Vincent Paik '18
  • Edmundo Pribitkin '18
  • Arjun Sriram '19
  • Isaac Wilkins '18

Chinese – inducted by Tsung Tsai, Chinese Teacher

  • Andrew Freas '19
  • Tai Humphrey '19
  • Cali Metzker '18
  • Derek Walkush '19

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.


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