NHS inducts thirty-three Academy students

NHS inducts thirty-three Academy students

Achona Staff Report

On the evening of April 12, thirty-three excited Academy scholars waited in anticipation as they became official members of  National Honor Society.  Moderated by Mrs. Beth Sawyer, NHS recognizes exemplary scholarship, leadership, service, and character, all of which make up the four pillars of NHS and stand as pre-requisites for membership.

Lindsey Backman, outgoing chapter president, officiated at the traditional formal ceremony. Academy President Dr. Harry Purpur provided an inspirational speech.  NHS officers Katherine Martin, Mary Green and Emily Joseph–along with NHS member Josie Little–read the attributes of the pillars and lit the four symbolic candles. Katherine Martin explained the history of the NHS emblem.   Principal Mrs. Camille Jowanna assisted with the ceremonies.

On hand to congratulate the inductees were proud parents, family members and friends, along with  Assistant President Mr. Jack Mullarkey, all of whom celebrated afterwards with the traditional NHS cake with the following inductees:  Seniors Gabrielle Babin,   Alexandra Davila , Jaime O’Brien,  Taylor Trayner, Amanda Valdes; Junior Leigh Ann Russell; Sophomores Victoria Litschgi, Allison Mangan, Alina Meador, Felicia Nelson, Emily Pollock, Erin Przedpelski, Tyler Ruppel, Arlynn Barlaan, Amanda Schifino, Franchesca Beatty, Sarah Shakespeare, Amanda Bell,  Li Stalder, Chandler Cartwright, Alexandra Viso, Karen Cornett, Meghan Wallace, Caroline Dolan, Catherine Young, Cailin Dunne, Michelle Ebrada, Christina Gerecke, Lillian Giunta, Meagan Gonzalez, Rae Knopik , Jane Lazzarra and Nora Johnson.

Established in 1921, according to the NHS website,  more than one million students throughout all 50 states  participate in activities of the NHS and NJHS.  “Chapter membership not only recognizes students for their accomplishments, but challenges them to develop further through active involvement in school activities and community service.”