VICENZA, Italy - The Andrea Palladio Chapter of the Italian Honor Society of Vicenza High School welcomed nine new members in a ceremony March 15. The Agriturismo La Valletta, the venue for this year's induction ceremony, really fit the title of the society since it is situated within view of Palladio's well known Villa Capra, La Rotonda.

The 2012-2013 Italian high school inductees are Quatia Bradshaw, JonLuca DeCaro, Quinn Hurt, Jordan Larsen, Jonathan Lombardi, Chanel Powell, Lauren Rajotte, Nina Tarr and Will Tramm.

The organization was founded in May 2010 thanks to the efforts of the high school Italian teacher Michela Ambruoso. Students must be enrolled in an Italian level 3 or higher class and excel in Italian to qualify for membership. They must also maintain a 3.5 or above GPA or grade point average, she said.

"The Italian Honor Society works to promote Italian culture throughout the high school by hosting events such as school exchange programs and field trips with the purpose of developing their knowledge about the area where they live," said Ambruoso.

Returning members include Vice-President Alexis Camuso, Secretary Ann Marie Francis and Treasurer Alex McKenzie.

President Ally Ulmer, a senior, said, "The Italian culture has always fascinated me and I am so fortunate to be able to share my love for it with my fellow students."

As a newly inducted member, Nina Tarr said she is excited to be able to share her knowledge of the Italian language and culture with her school and help build relationships with citizens of the host country.

"As a sophomore, I am ready to carry on the traditions of the Italian Honor Society as our older members graduate," Tarr said.

Italian Honor Society members have been involved in the past with activities such as new VHS student orientation, Italian students and principals and at the Italian Special Olympics.

The new members were officially initiated into the society after a recitation of the oath and the lighting by each of an individual candle.

The ceremony concluded with a presentation of roses to members and was followed by a dinner of Italian cuisine.