76 Inducted into National Junior Honor Society
Seventy-six 7th-9th grade students 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 chapter’s fundraising efforts.
Donning blue gowns, members filed into the high school auditorium and took their seats on stage as families and friends looked on. After a welcome address by President Elisia Gallo, each of the officers and the fundraising chair took part in a candle-lighting ceremony that highlighted the organization’s five pillars: leadership, citizenship, scholarship, character and service. In addition to Elisia, the officers included Vice President Bridget Zahradnik, Secretary Sara Bonifacio, Treasurer Nathaniel Yee, and Publicity Officer Yianni Leandrou. fundraising Chair Arianna Wulffen lit the candle for service.
Arianna led a fundraiser for the YOLO Strong Foundation that raised close to $2,000. YOLO, which stands for You Only Live Once, was formed six years ago by a group of local women with a desire to help sick children and their families who are “suffering from adversity and are trying to overcome life-changing circumstances.” Arianna said her mother joined the organization “to help keep the memory of her close friend alive” after she succumbed to cancer. “Since its inception, YOLO has grown to more than 100 members and now teens and kids are getting involved too,” she said. “All funds raised go directly to the organizations supported by the YOLO Foundation, including The Morgan Center, Danny’s Wish, Contractors for Kids and Angela’s House,” she added.
Superintendent of Schools Dr. Laura Seinfeld and Oyster Bay High School Principal Ms. Sharon Lasher both offered words of praise and encouragement to the new inductees.
Assistant Principal Ms. Lara Gonzalez invited the inductees to the stage and chapter President Elisia Gallo presented them with certificates and then administered the pledge, bringing the total number of National Junior Honor Society members to 169.
Chapter Advisor Mrs. Antonia Woodman, who announced her retirement this year, closed the ceremony by sharing the society’s traditions, one of which is presenting a white rose to each officer as a token of gratitude for organizing the evening’s induction ceremony. The officers accepted the roses and, in turn, presented Mrs. Woodman with a bouquet to show their appreciation for her guidance and mentorship.
To be considered for membership into National Junior Honor Society, students must demonstrate excellence in the five pillars of the 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 information on National Junior Honor Society.
Showing their support for the YOLO Strong Foundation with T-shirts underneath their blue robes are National Junior Honor Society officers, from left, Vice President Bridget Zahradnik, President Elisia Gallo, Publicity Officer Yianni Leandrou, Secretary Sara Bonifacio and Treasurer Nathaniel Yee.
Fundraising Chair Arianna Wulffen speaks about the fundraising efforts for the YOLO Strong Foundation, a local organization the supports families going through life-changing circumstances.
National Junior Honor Society President Elisia Gallo administers the pledge to the inductees.
National Honor Society advisor Ms. Antonia Woodman was presented with a bouquet after delivering her last closing speech at the National Junior Honor Society induction.