OBEN Students are Inducted into National Junior Honor Society
Fifty-six 7th-9th grade students with strong academic and civic promise were inducted into Oyster Bay High School’s chapter of National Junior Honor Society during a formal ceremony that highlighted the five pillars of the organization and the record-breaking fundraising efforts of the chapter.
Members, dressed in blue gowns, filed into the high school auditorium and took their seats on the stage as families and friends looked on. After a beautiful rendition of the Star Spangled Banner, sung by freshman Annabella Ballone, and a welcome address by President Karina Khaledi, each of the officers took part in a candle-lighting ceremony that highlighted the five pillars: leadership, citizenship, scholarship, character and service. In addition to Karina, officers include Vice President John Tiberia, Secretary Jillian Vicari, Treasurer Brigid McEvoy and Publicity Officer Ava Aschettino.
The chapter conducted two highly successful fundraisers this year, “Put a Lid on Children’s Cancer,” which helps fight pediatric cancer, chaired by freshman Sophie Grady, and “The Family Lives On Foundation,” which supports the emotional well-being of children who have lost a parent, chaired by eighth-grader Matthew Carlinsky.
Thanking those who supported their causes, Matthew announced that he raised $4, 425, making it the highest fundraiser in the school’s chapter in 17 years! Sophie also had overwhelming success, raising over $3,500. Combined, their fundraisers have raised the most money in Oyster Bay High School history, which garnered thunderous applause from the audience.
Oyster Bay High School Principal Ms. Sharon Lasher welcomed the inductees to the stage and Assistant Principal Ms. Lara Gonzalez and chapter President Karina Khaledi presented them with certificates. With the new inductees, Oyster Bay High School has a total of 173 National Junior Honor Society members.
Superintendent Dr. Laura Seinfeld said how proud she was of the students, especially their contributions and service to others, stating, “We are counting on you and your leadership within and beyond Oyster Bay.”
Chapter Advisor Mrs. Antonia Woodman closed the ceremony by sharing the society’s motto, “Light is the symbol of truth” and its official colors, blue and white, as evidenced in the robes, the banner, the floral arrangements and the tablecloth where the candle were displayed. She also presented a white rose to each of the officers as an expression of gratitude for the evening’s induction ceremony.
To be considered for membership in the chapter, students must demonstrate excellence in the five pillars of organization and possess a cumulative grade-point average of 87.5. As members, students are required to attend monthly meetings and participate in service projects. Click here for more National Junior Honor Society information.
National Junior Honor Society President Karina Khaledi welcomes the audience to the induction ceremony.
Service Chairs Sophie Grady and Matthew Carlinsky light the candle that symbolizes the pillar of service.
Oyster Bay High School Principal Ms. Sharon Lasher welcomes the inductees to the stage as Assistant Principal Ms. Lara Gonzalez and NJHS President Karina Khaledi present them with certificates.
Congratulations 2018 Inductees
Faith Cammarata, Jonathan Dynda, Amelia Hahn, James Skvarla, Ariana Bellio, Destini Gaeckler, Alexa Grassi, Ashley Greco, Nicholas Kertatos, Rose Miglionico, Gianna Murphy, Sabrina Rezk, Athena Stamatiou, Natalie Varolian, John Vespe, Karalina Zaverdas, Cole Aasheim, Aurora Aschettino, Abigail Askeland, Richard Baugh, Kaleigh Bosch, Dominic Castiglione, Jaiya Chetram, Sophia Dean, Benjamin Escobar, Riley Ford, Anthony Fuschetto, Noemia Gagliardi, Sofia Gagliardi, Robyn Glaser, Johnathan Goldschmitt, Ryleigh Greene, Katherine Jennette, Nicholas Johnson, Bryan Kaber, Tennyson Kelly, Aaron Kleinman, Zachary Lachman, Faith Lingen, Stephania Martorella, Sara Martschenko, Frances Myers, Leigh Nathan, Jake Nola, William Olesen, Anna Pace, Mariana Panariello, Paul Passarelli, Matthew Piechucki, Daniel Rivera, Jayden Romano, Michael Sabatello, Dylan Sattar, Paige Sweeney, Victoria Vojvodich and Kathryn Webster.