Sociedad Honoraria Hispánica, sponsored by the American Association
of Teachers of Spanish and Portuguese, was formally organized in
1953 as the Spanish National Honor Society, and the name was changed
The purpose is to recognize high student achievement in Spanish and
Portuguese and to promote a continuity of interest in Hispanic Studies.
All secondary schools of recognized standing are eligible for membership.
Chapter sponsors must be active members of the AATSP. For information
about joining the AATSP, please visit their web site at www.aatsp.org.
Qualifications for Chapter Membership
A regularly enrolled student who has maintained an honor average in
the study of Spanish for a minimum of three semesters is eligible. While
the definition of "honor average" is left to the discretion
of the individual sponsor, it must be remembered that the SHH is an
honor society for those students with high academic achievement. Membership
must be open to only the best Spanish and Portuguese students. Each
chapter must decide what will be required and should write the rules
and keep them.
Name of Chapter
Each chapter has a Spanish name chosen by the members; e.g., the Cervantes
Chapter of the Sociedad Honoraria Hispánica. The name of a literary
or historical person is preferred. Since names of the chapters cannot
be duplicated within a state, send at least eight choices in order of
The charter fee of $25.00 along with the charter application must be
sent to the SHH National Office. This is a one-time fee paid only the
first year. There is a $5.00 charge to renew the charter should the
chapter become inactive. You will be notified once your charter has
been approved and will receive instructions on how to induct members.
A one-time fee of $5.00 per student must be paid before the initiation.
Please complete the membership application with the names of all new
members and submit it with a check to the SHH National Office. Membership
certificates will be mailed shortly afterwards to the chapter sponsor.
Orders for certificates may be sent at any time during the school year.
Orders must be on official order forms that you can download from the
SHH web site.
The National Constitution is located on this site. Each school should
write its own constitution that contains the particular requirements
for membership in your school and reasons for which a student's membership
could be revoked. A copy of your constituion should be on file in you
Spanish and English versions are sent with each charter, and both are
located on this site.
This certificate may be awarded to the chapter member in Spanish II,
III and advanced classes with the highest average. Request certificates
from the SHH National Director. See Becas y Premios for information.
Certificado por Servicios
The certificate may be awarded to chapter members who have rendered
meritorious service. Request certificates from the SHH National Director.
See Becas y Premios for information.
Premio de Honor
One certificate each year may be awarded to the best graduating senior
member of the SHH in each chapter. Request the certificate from the
SHH National Director. There is no charge. Names submitted before March
1, 2004 will be printed in ¡Albricias!. See Becas
y Premios for information.
¡Albricias!, the outstanding publication of our society,
contains student contributions, general information, and lists of new
chapters and sponsors and is distributed to sponsors free four times
per year. Cash awards are presented to students for contributions that
Becas y Premios
Becas y Premios contains all the information for the awards
plus the applications. All active SHH sponsors should receive the packet
the first week in December of each year.
Official Recognition Items
You may order pins, keys, mugs, honor cords, tassels and other articles
such as tee-shirts, sweats, and caps in official colors from National
Awards. See complete info in the Becas y Premios packet or
visit the web site.