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Just the Beginning

On Wednesday, November 14, 2018 current members of the National Junior Honor Society (NJHS) participated in the induction of 34 new 7th and 8th grade members to the Society.

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Even before the ceremony began, students were excited about the 2018 NJHS Induction Ceremony.

 (l to r) Austin Drewno, Kyle Haessly, Byron Clay, Steve Zalewski get ready to lead the procession into the cafeteria.



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Smiles got a little bigger and hearts beat a little faster as the moment for the procession crept nearer.  

Current NJHS President, Steven Zalewski opened the ceremony by welcoming guests and inductees and offering a few words of congratulations.  “This ceremony is recognition of years of hard work and service by the students in this room,” he said.  “All former and new members represent leaders of our school and, the very best of our school.  Being a member not only takes high academic performance, but also demonstrates morals and ethics that are at the central core of what it takes to be in the National Junior Honor Society. 

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NJHS President, Steven Zalewski

 Following Steven’s welcome, the five candles that represent the values of NJHS were lighted while current members offered remarks on the pillars of the National Honor Society.  Participating in the Candle Lighting, and defining character, citizenship, leadership, scholarship and service were:  Marissa Reid and Amanda Noel, Megan Moloney and Kara Gliwa, Christopher Somervell and Ryan York, Sara O’Farril and Victoria Surprise and Chase Kuzma and Gannan Howes. 

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Students offer defining words about the characteristics of being a member of NJHS. 

Family and Consumer Science teacher, Barb Lazzaro served as the guest speaker for the event.  “As Middle School students this is a time of great change.  Emotions sometimes run a little high, friends can come and go in a flash, relationships can be challenging and making the right decisions not always easy.  Life, is not always easy at your age.  With all of this you have chosen the high road,” she said.  Mrs. Lazzaro reminded students that the evening is the celebration of the students’ hard work, but not the end.  “You have achieved a great honor, and I hope you consider this ceremony just the beginning.  The beginning of a commitment to yourselves, your school and your community.  The real accomplishments will come with what you decide to do with this honor.”

Mrs. Lazarro thanked all of the family members, parents, guardians and grandparents for their love, time, patience, support and guidance of the students being inducted.  “You should be very proud of what these young adults have become today.”

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Teacher and Guest Speaker, Barb Lazzaro

Led by current NJHS member, Allen Kleist, inductees took part in the traditional candle lighting ceremony, pledge, pinning, individual introduction, a certificate and warm congratulations from President, Steven Zalewski, members of the current NJHS,  Sponsor, Stephanie Franco, Principal, Tom Martin, Assistant Principal, Denise Cordrey and Hanover Corporation Director of Curriculum, Deborah Snedden.

Memorable Moments...

Students lined up

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students taking candles from basket

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There was time following the ceremony for many family photos, selfies with friends and refreshments to enjoy.  It is just the beginning for these students, but it is an exceptionally honorable one.


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Jacob Viehman and his grandmother, Pam Kouder


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Congratulations to the following National Junior Honor Society Inductees:

8th Grade:  Byron Clay, Austin Drewno, Kyle Haessly, Ainslie Hoefter, and Sera Rios.  7th Grade:  Kyler Beilman, Zachariah Brooks, Audric Colcol, Gabrielle Comia, Caroline Donaldson, Emmi Doty, Kaitlin Duffy, Keirstynn Elder, Kaylee Elliot, Trinity Evans, Skylar Ferry, Jackson Giacolona, Kaleb Goldasich, Israel Jaimes, Joseph Krumdieck, Emma Lockhart, Carter Magerski, Emelia Marsiglio, Scarlett Nelson, Clark Noble, Brooke Olejnik, Madison Paulauski, Anaisabel Rodriguez, Philip Summers, Regina Tozzi, Madison Twiddy, Jacob Viehman, Jack Wright, and Neva Zamudio.