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December 13, 2013

Stillwater High students form Spanish service group

STILLWATER, Okla. — Service and excellence was a major theme for students inducted into Stillwater High School’s Spanish National Honor Society on Tuesday.

Student’s had to earn their way into the society, requiring members to have completed two higher-level courses in Spanish and maintain a 3.5 grade point average all year. They have to be involved with other school organizations or clubs, with community service experience and a hold a leadership role at school.

“I am looking forward to an exciting year full of Spanish festivities and fundraising activities for our service project,” said President Allison Spaulding.

The society’s goal is to carry out two service projects, one during the fall and another in spring.

For the spring project, money is raised for families in the Andean mountain region of South America, supplying them with llamas and alpacas.

The animals thrive because of unique grazing abilities and padded hooves in the hostile Andean environment, providing families with limited resources, transportation, fertilizer for cooking fuel and wool prized for making blankets, ponchos, carpet and rope.

“SNHS is a great organization that promotes getting involved in the community, helping the needed and continuing with a higher education in Spanish,” said member Riley Smith.

With money made from llamas or alpacas, farmers can purchase water pumps for gaining access to clean water.  

“I have invested a lot time starting and organizing this society at SHS, and I believe that every single minute was worth the effort,” said sponsor Eivi Deveny.

“We know that our work will result in significant improvement in the quality of life for several families in the Andes.”

In order to accomplish the project, funds are collected all year.

Community members wanting to donate to help Andean families are asked to contact Deveny at 405-707-5131.

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