CJH inducts 85 eighth-graders into National Junior Honor Society

Group photo of National Junior Honor Society inductees

C.J. Hooker Middle School administrators, parents and families and community members gathered to celebrate the induction of 85 eighth-graders into the school’s chapter of the National Junior Honor Society on Oct. 12.

This is the fourth induction ceremony for the middle school’s chapter. Fabien Riviere is the NJHS club adviser.

Scholarship, leadership, service, character and citizenship

“More than just an honor roll, NJHS serves to honor those students who have demonstrated excellence in the areas of scholarship, leadership, service, character and citizenship,” Principal Dr. William Rolón said during his keynote address.

Those characteristics were described by each Faculty Council member who selected the students through a rigorous application process. Members are Margaret Storms, Margaret O’Donnell, Mike Calabrese and Diane Bonizzi.

Rolón stressed that chapter membership not only recognizes students for their accomplishments, but also challenges them to further develop through active involvement in school activities and community service.

Candles representing scholarship, leadership, service, character and citizenship were lit as part of the ceremony’s opening.

As students were called by Rolón, they received a white carnation  — which is  NJHS’ honorary flower, received congratulatory wishes from the Faculty Council, and an award from Rolón and Assistant Principal Heather Carman.

An oath to uphold NJHS principles

As part of the induction, students signed the register book of induction and took an oath signifying their commitment to school’s chapter:  “I pledge to myself to uphold the high purposes of the National Junior Honor Society to which I have been selected. I will be true to the principles for which it stands; I will be loyal to my school; and I will maintain and encourage high standards of scholarship, service, leadership, character, and citizenship.”

Additionally, as part of the ceremony, two students were invited to the stage to read their reflection pieces which were selected by the Faculty Council.

Logo of National Junior Honor Society

The National Junior Honor Society is the nation’s premier organization established to recognize outstanding middle school students. Today, it’s estimated that more than one million students participate in chapter activities across all 50 states, the District of Columbia, Puerto Rico, many U.S. Territories, and Canada.  Chapter members dedicate countless hours to school and community service projects as well as fundraisers for local, national, and international charities. Instilling these values early in life helps to lay the groundwork for a lifetime of service.

A potluck reception followed where friends and families celebrated the accomplishments of the new inductees.

New NJHS members are:

Madison Allan

Peyton Andryshak

Gabriella Alfieri

Caleb Ayau

Jason Barnes

Yanet Bautista

Wyatt Boyle

Lauren Carroll

Catherine Sirena Casagrande

Paul Choi

Owen Clark

Mia Colangelo

Matthew Corrigan

Xander Danella

Jolina Dong

Michelle Ellison

Michael Fitzpatrick

Stephanie Fixsen

Giuliana Fortuna

Hannah Fruhling

Gianna Gallo

Ethan Gamma

Olivia Gatto

Michelle Gukhman

Lea Hludzinski

Gabriel Kaufman

Lindsay Keane

Julianne Kirk

Marc Konis

Jon Korca

Alexa Kriney

Kyla Kropp

Tyler Kropp

Taylor Kunis

Zoe Kyrou

Catherine Lienemann

Ana Loter

Anastasia Manouvelos

Lexi Marks

Maria Mathew

Alex McCartney

Angel Melendez-Nunez

Amanda Melley

Hailey Meyers

Luke Michalski

Hasher Mir

Jack Moran

Ella O’Brien-Bruno

John O’Hara

Grace Patel

Misha Patel

Kiara Paulino

Evan Pavlik

Norman Peters

Emily Petrovics

Bryan Pinos

Giovanna Pirraglia

Julisa Posada

Naima Puertas

Trinity Pun

Eesha Ramanathan

Alexa Raquet

Faeryn Reilly

Quentin Riley

Damaris Rodriguez

Solimar Rodriguez

Breanna Ross

Emma Ryan

Chloe Saltzberg

Isabel Seligman

Ayana Suqui

Esther Strangways

Emily Svede

Benjamin Thurtle

Brooke Torres

Aliana Vanichpong-Barbosa

Marissa Villamil

Raymond Weinstein

Jayda White

Jayden White

Christopher Whitney

Jenna Williams

Jacob Wojciechowski

Serena Yeddu

Michael Young