IRVINGTON, N.Y. -- Fifty-one Irvington Middle School eighth-graders became official members of the school’s National Junior Honor Society during the recent annual induction ceremony.
The students were recognized for their outstanding academic achievements and for demonstrating excellence in the areas of scholarship, character, leadership, citizenship and service.
To become a member of the NJHS, students were required to have a GPA approaching 3.9 and provide recommendations from teachers and leaders of community-based organizations.
For the first time this year, many members completed a community outreach project that included feeding families at the Loaves and Fishes soup kitchen at Trinity Church in Ossining.
“The ritual of induction is a moving ceremony that includes a candle-lighting, with five students each lighting a candle representing a characteristic and speaking briefly about its meaning,” said club adviser Linda Palumbo, who organized the event. “The emblem of the honor society is the flaming torch that has historically been the emblem of knowledge. In keeping with the emblem, the motto of the honor society is ‘light is the symbol of truth,’ and the first candle lit was the candle of knowledge and truth.”
These are the inductees:
Leo Abbattista, Nicole Abbattista, Isai Andrade, Cameron Asadi, Kelly Carroll, Kimberly Chase, Ethan Cott, Callie Crespo, Max Edelman, Ryan Flanagan, Michael Garcia, Sarah Garcia, Caleb Gilbert, Margot Gordinier, Jack Grados, Rishit Gupta, Grace Hargraves, Noah Heller, Joshua Hunt, Jessica Jacobs, Zoe Jacobs, Janos Kolker, Katherina Kovalevskaya, Isabelle Krieg, Abby Krieger, Elizabeth Lee, Andie Leitner, Julia Levin, Aden Malone, Julia Martin, Kelsey McGuire, Zachary Mizrachi, Adriana Palmieri, Arushi Parekh, Emersen Rabuse, Maxwell Riseman, Zachary Rosman, Ella Roth, Samuel Roth, Alexandra Savino, Oliver Schwartz, Janeeta Shaukat, Isabella Smith, Katie Spencer, Arianna Stassa, Aidan Sullivan, Yukiko Takahashi, Sara Takiguchi, Madison Trafton, Lexi Weintraub and Clementine Whitney.