Hispanic Honors Society Teaches about Culture with Día de Los Muertos Event

An altar for Día de Los Muertos that contains calaveras (skulls) and marigolds.

Megan Hay

An altar for Día de Los Muertos that contains calaveras (skulls) and marigolds.

 When translated into English, “Sociedad Honoraria Hispánica” means “Hispanic Honors Society.” With a focus towards spreading knowledge of Hispanic culture and interacting with people in the Hispanic community, this Ferris club is a great way for someone to learn more about the Spanish language and the people who speak it.  

On Thursday, October 27th, 2022, Hispanic Honors Society (HHS) celebrated Día de Los Muertos in room M308. Día de Los Muertos is a holiday that takes place from November 1st to November 2nd and is most popular in Mexico. Its main purpose is to honor dead loved ones and gain a sense of peace with death by focusing more on celebration instead of mourning. The event was open to anyone and showed how informing people about Hispanic culture can be interactive and fun.  

Señora Gower, the teacher who oversees HHS, said, “The mission of the Hispanic Honors Society nationally is to help students build confidence in their own excellence and progress and hard work in learning the Spanish language and learning more about the different and very beautiful Hispanic cultures. Then to take that confidence to better our community – to work with youth, to work with elders, to work with peers…”  

The Día de Los Muertos event was an excellent opportunity for students to carry out this HHS mission. They decorated cookies in the shape of calaveras (skulls), gave cookies to trick or treating preschoolers to teach about the holiday, and chatted with fellow students in Spanish and English.   

Madeline Isacoff, a member of HHS, said, “It allows me the opportunity to learn more about Hispanic culture and meet new people who I wouldn’t normally get to see.”  

However, this is not the only event that HHS hosts. They also volunteer outside of Ferris.  

One of Hispanic Honors Society’s members from last year, Emma LaRue said, “I was doing a police event last year, and then El Mercadito (a Spanish event), was at the same place. So, I got to help there and see the Spanish community intertwine with the law enforcement event, which was incredible.”