World Languages open doors to opportunities!

World Languages open doors to opportunities!
Posted on 07/22/2021
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World Languages at HPS open doors to opportunities


As the 2021-2022 school year kicks off at Hickory Public Schools on August 23, high school students are provided the opportunity to study a foreign language.

Many students typically sign-up for Spanish—which clearly has its advantages. More than 41 million people in the United States speak Spanish in their homes.  Behind English, Spanish is the most spoken language in the US.  Becoming bilingual is a communication asset—whether at home, in school, or in preparation for a career. In fact, Hickory Public Schools offers Dual Language Immersion Programs in Spanish/English starting with the kindergarten classes at Southwest Primary and Viewmont Elementary Schools. If interested, parents need to immediately register their children for these popular classes, as space is limited.

But what about other languages? French, a beautiful language which has long been termed as a romance language, is actually growing. Approximately 270 million people from around the world speak French. Beyond the country of France, with sixty million native speakers, the language can be heard in Canada, Belgium, Switzerland, African countries --  and at Hickory High School in Hickory, North Carolina, USA!  

Instructed by Heidi Hess Rice, professeure de francais, HHS students may pursue beginner through advanced levels of French. Students who enroll in French 2 or above, may be inducted into the Hickory Chapter of the Societe Honoraire de Francais,” if they have met academic, behavioral, and service standards for recognition of their commitment to studying French.

Annually, Madame Rice organizes the end-of-year induction ceremony with several students earning the privilege of joining the French Honor Society. During the most recent induction ceremony, Dr. Gary Johnson, provost and executive vice-president for academic affairs at Lenoir-Rhyne University, served as the guest speaker.

And why study French? Financially, beside ordering at a restaurant or traveling abroad, knowing French may open doors to international careers. Until the HHS students graduate and are ready to pursue opportunities beyond high school, they have the chance to become fluent and confident in the world languages of both Spanish—and French.

For more information about the foreign language opportunities at Hickory High, contact Heidi Rice, world language department chair; or call the HHS Guidance Department: 828-322-5860.

Photos represent HHS students during the 2021 end-of-year French Honor Society Induction Ceremony.

**Note the design logo with the capital H, which is in reference to the City of Hickory and to Hickory High School, as well as a “fleur-de-lys” in reference to the emblem used by the national Societe Honoraire de Francais.