National Junior Honor Society Induction
students were inducted into membership of the Arthur L. Strawbridge
Chapter of the National Junior Honor Society on Thursday evening, June
3. The traditional candle-lighting ceremony was held in the gym. Our
NJHS Director, Mr. Pryor, and I presided over the ceremony.
Members were selected by a Faculty Council for meeting high
standards of scholarship, leadership, character, service, and
citizenship. The Faculty Council consisted of Mrs. Decker, Ms. Gair,
Mrs. McKenna, Mr. Mugford, and Señora Rodriguez. Tremendous thanks to
all of them for their time and effort.
Students inducted were:
Julian Berlingieri, Brenden Belluardo, Lara Carrion, Christa DeAngelis,
Genevieve Falabella, Ashta Narain, Morgan Schwartz, Kristiana Sotiriou,
Sara Kay Stewart, Joseph Zappulla, and Justin Zuckerman (seventh grade)
and Coryn Carrion and Joseph Ricchiuti (eighth grade).
has been active here at HCDS since 2004. Three years ago, the chapter
name, “The Arthur L. Strawbridge Chapter of the NJHS,” was chosen by
members honoring their departing Headmaster.
The National Junior
Honor Society ranks as one of the oldest and most prestigious
organizations for middle school students. Chapters exist in more than
sixty percent of the nation’s middle level schools and, since 1929,
millions of students have been selected for membership. The NJHS is
sponsored by the National Association of Secondary School Principals,
(based in Reston, Virginia,) which also sponsors the National Honor
Society. Since we all abide by the same national rules and regulations,
should a student move to another state, he/she would automatically be
accepted into his/her new chapter.
Our ceremony Thursday night was
an emotional one. Current members, Teresa Russo, John Cahill, Lindsay
Cohen and Zoe Ledwidge helped to conduct the induction. Each member read
from selected passages of our National Chapter By-Laws, spoke
personally on the meaning of leadership, character, service, and
citizenship, and our president, Teresa Russo, recited our grand list of
accomplishments for this year. It was an evening of great pride for
present NJHS members, for the new inductees, and for all attending
families, friends, and teachers. It was also a moment of pride for me,
their adviser. As Teresa read the list of their accomplishments this
year, it was hard to believe that all of that was accomplished under the
direction and leadership of four students. They set records for all
charitable events and managed to include new activities and causes for
the year. Meeting once within each 6-day schedule rotation (and
sometimes even more,) the students worked hard in planning and executing
each activity, making sure to include all Harbor students in as many
activities as possible. I simply can not tell you how proud I am of each
and every one of them. It has been a very memorable year for us all. It
is my sincerest hope that as these graduates move on to a new school,
they take with them, all that they learned and experienced this year in
the NJHS. I can only predict greatness for these students and hope that
they will be part of a National Junior Honor Society in their new
As I look to the new inductees for the 2010-2011 year, I
can only imagine the greatness they will achieve. Within this group of
11 formidable students, are incredible thinkers, organizers and
planners, powerhouses and dynamos, creative geniuses, and kind, generous
souls who will bring the Arthur L. Strawbridge Chapter of the National
Junior Honor Society to new heights. It makes me sad to think that I
will not be here to be a part of it all. I wish them all well.
Click here to see pictures of the evening from Mrs. Cahill.
of luck to an incredible group!
Madame J. A. Chiet, NJHS Advisor