By Cassandra Wulff

French Honors Society is a club offered at Laramie High School for sophomores, juniors, and seniors in French 3 and above.

This club is led by Dianne Thompson, the French teacher at LHS.

Members of French Honors Society must be currently enrolled in a French class or have completed AP French.

“French Honors Society is a national honors society that recognizes students who show commitment to learning French and also service to the community,” Thompson said.

French Honors Society meets every other week on Fridays. They plan community service projects and school activities that involve promotion of language and culture.

Projects that they have completed in the past include the festival of trees at the University of Wyoming Art Museum, where they set up a tree that is decorated to help spread the French culture.

The club has also written to pen pals in Haiti and have helped with Operation Christmas Child, an event put on by Samaritan’s Purse to help children all over the world.

The club tries to focus on international projects to help reach people inside and outside the community.

French Honors Society is led by co-presidents and a secretary that are elected at the beginning of the year.

At the start of each meeting, they take attendance and then club members brainstorm activities or work on projects they have already planned.

One advantage to being a member of French Honors Society is that it is helpful on an application or job resume. The students volunteer, complete community service projects and practice leadership if they are an officer.

Another advantage is senior club members get a chance to earn cords for their graduation.

Students in the club have the option to travel to France and share their experience.

Being able to travel to a country is a great way to learn the language and culture to a greater extent.

“One of my favorite parts of French Honors Society is hearing the student’s travel experiences and seeing their pictures. My other favorite part is graduation and being able to put the cords on the seniors,” Thompson said.

The coronavirus policies have changed the way French Honors Society works and operates this year. Not everyone is able to attend the meetings in person. Some members must use the Zoom app to attend the meeting.

A bigger change they had to make this year is the way students will complete community service projects. Most of the community projects the club completed in the past were in person activities, like hosting a dinner or a movie. This year, they must be creative and come up with new ways to serve the community.

Last week, the club had a French lesson on Zoom that was available to the community. It was a short lessen to introduce French to the community members that joined the meeting.