Woodlands Academy of the Sacred Heart celebrated seven students being inducted into the French Honor Society April 18.
Students and their hometowns included: Kelly Bowler, Lake Bluff; Erika Cerillo, Waukegan; Maddy Morris, Lake Forest; Emma Parkinson, Lake Forest; Natalie Robbins, Glencoe; Jennifer Slaughter, Lake Bluff and Susan Tharp, Lake Bluff.
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La Société Honoraire de Français was founded by presidential order by the American Association of Teachers of French in 1949. The Woodlands chapter, founded in 2004, is the Gabrielle-Sidonie de Colette chapter, named in honor of the 20th century writer known simply as Colette.
The ceremony is called "la course du flambeau" or "the passing of the torch" and celebrates knowledge, expression, and love of language passing from one generation to another. Each member passes the flame on to the candle of the person beside her until all the candles are lit.
"Remember that language can be a bond of friendship and understanding between individuals and between nations," said French teacher Mary Parisoe as she welcomed the students to the society.
In order to qualify, students must have an A- average or higher in all of their high school French classes and a B average or higher in all other high school classes.
Founded in 1858, Woodlands Academy is an independent, Catholic college preparatory day and boarding school for young women, and part of a worldwide network of Sacred Heart Schools that spans 21 cities in the United States and 44 countries around the world. Woodland Academy's identity is rooted in Saint Madeleine Sophie Barat's desire to inspire young hearts and minds to excel, to lead lives of integrity and to serve. The nonprofit school is located at 760 E. Westleigh Road, Lake Forest. For more information call 847 234-4300 or visit www.woodlandsacademy.org