This page informs you about the organization as well as introduce you to the
Executive Board Members.
The Florida State Spanish Conference, Inc. aka FSSC, Inc
We are a non-profit, tax exempt organization.
ALL of our Board members are teachers who volunteer their time and services to the organization out of love for their language, culture and people.
A competition for high school Spanish students to give them an opportunity to compete among themselves in the fields of
declamation, impromptu speech, and dramatic presentations.
March, normally 2nd week-end, Thursday noon – Saturday morning
Orlando Wyndham Resorts, International Drive
Meet the Executive Board…
Meruchy Haedo | President
Meruchy first attended the FSSC as a student. As a teacher, she took what she learned from her high school teacher and mentor to prepare her students and has attended with a team every year since she began teaching. In 2000, she together with the other members of the Governing Board, incorporated the Florida State Spanish Conference and she has been overseeing the competition ever since. Meruchy and Alejandro, with their students, have served as host school in 2000, 2001, 2007, 2009 and 2013. She also serves as Secretary of Florida Chapter of AATSP.
Gale Jones | Vice-President and Pintrest Specialist
Gale first attended the FSSC as a judge in 2010 when she served as VP for the AATSP Florida Chapter. Gale continued to serve as President from 2012-13. During that time her responsibility included overseeing and running the Points Room as well as serving as a judge which she truly enjoys and continues to do.
Linda Villadóniga | Secretary and Social Media Officer
Linda first attended the FSSC as a teacher in 1997, but her association with FSSC started when her children were students at St. Joseph Academy in St. Augustine, FL. They attended FSSC in 1992, 1993 and 1994. Linda and her students have served as host school in 2011 and 2012. Linda retired from teaching in 2012, but her association with FSSC remains strong. She is President-Elect for both the Florida Chapter of AATSP, as well as FFLA.
Alejandro Avendaño | Treasurer
Alejandro first attended the FSSC as a teacher in 1995. He loved the experience so much that he decided to serve as host school the next year. In 2000, he together with the other members of the Governing Board, incorporated the Florida State Spanish Conference and he has been overseeing the competition ever since. Alejandro served as President of the AATSP Florida Chapter from 1998-2003 where his responsibility included overseeing and running the Points Room. He has also served as AATSP Florida Chapter Treasurer for 2 terms. Alejandro and Meruchy, with their students, have served as host school in 2000, 2001, 2007, 2009 and 2013.
Grisell Santiago | Public Relations
Grisell first attended the FSSC as a judge in 2010. She loved the experience so much that she decided to bring her students to compete the following year. Grisell currently serves as President of the AATSP Florida Chapter where her responsibility includes overseeing and running the Points Room. She is the President-Elect for FLAME and serves on the FFLA Board of Directors.