Russia, the largest country in the world, is home to over 143 million citizens, making it one of the most populated countries on Earth. The history of what is now Russia was first started by the Slavs, leading to the state of Rus being founded in the 9th Century. After falling to the Mongols, Rus underwent a series of changes, most of which were led by individual city-states, which were not to be unified until almost a thousand years later. Stretching from the Baltic Sea all the way to the Pacific Ocean, the USSR was disbanded only recently, but in the former Soviet states, Russian is still used by many of those peoples. With its vast mineral and natural wealth, Russia is poised to remain on the world’s stage, and those who are able to speak and write Russian will have their doors opened.
The Russian language uses an alphabet, but unlike most languages, it uses the Cyrillic alphabet, which is based on the Greek alphabet. Students who choose to learn Russian will become familiar with this alphabet and the challenges of acquiring a language that is neither Romance nor Germanic.
High School Russian
The National High School Slavic Honor Society (SLAVA) and its Linden High School Chapter (Delta Phi) was established in 2005. This prestigious organization serves to recognize excellence and spark interest in the study of Slavic languages.
All the members participate in a variety of different academic activities on the state and the national levels (The NJ Contest of Spoken Russian, The National Essay Contest), trips, and fundraisers.
LHS students with a cumulative 85 average in the Russian language course and an 80 average overall, and those who have demonstrated positive contributions to Russian language and cultural activities are eligible for induction into SLAVA.