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National Junior Honor Society
Posted 06/07/2017 03:23PM

New Middle Schoolers Inducted

Congratulations to 24 7th graders who were inducted into the National Junior Honor Society, during a special ceremony organized by the group's current members.

This year marks the 88th anniversary of the founding of NJHS, which recognizes Middle School students who excel in scholarship, leadership, service, character and citizenship. To be selected for induction, students must have a cumulative academic average of 92% or higher and then complete an application describing their extracurricular activities, community service activities and a personal narrative explaining how they will contribute to the organization if selected.

A committee of Middle School teachers reviews the applications blindly, meaning names are removed from the applications, and selects those students who they believe best exemplify the society's values.

Middle School Principal Dr. Marilyn Moreno mentioned some of the impressive accomplishments and commitments made by the newly inducted members that illustrates the caliber of these students:

  • Every week Benjamin Gordan volunteers at the local nature center for one hour to take care of animals.
  • Two times a year, Julian Christensen plays the piano for a retirement home.
  • Lily Bernstein raised $7,960. 80 for the Pancreatic Cancer Action Network. She selected this charity in honor of her grandfather that fell ill to this disease.
  • Anna Robinson participated in a year-long training at Hillhaven Nursing Center to learn useful skills for basic interactions with the elderly. She earned the Girl Scout Bronze Award at the completion of the training.
  • Elle Grossman organized a drive for students at the Tucker Clarke Primary School in St. Kitts. She prepared a presentation and spoke at an assembly as well as her temple to ask for material donations.
  • And both Jillian Cohen and Charlotte Caine volunteer at a homeless shelter, preparing and delivering dinners to residents in various shelters.

The society's current members also select each year a teacher to give the night's keynote address. This year, that honor went to science teacher Ms. Chelsea Henry. Max Samuels '21 introduced her, saying "she makes learning fun by making connections with her students, challenging and engaging them with hands on learning, and encouraging them to take risks."

Five members spoke about the NHJS pillars: Henry Sun spoke about scholarship; Matt Koff spoke about citizenship; Roya Ebrahimi-Qajar spoke abut leadership; Taylor Bolden spoke about character; and Sophie Simon spoke about service.

Current NJHS members

Jordan Maged and Dean Katz introduced the new inductees, and Kyra Andreadis led the new members in reciting the NJHS pledge. Ryanne Mills, Meghan Simpson, and Andrew LaMotta escorted the inductees in the processionals. Masters of ceremonies Coley Samuels and Soren Zimmer led the program.

Congratulations to these new inductees:

Sami Al Hinai
Allison Berman
Lily Bernstein
Charlotte Caine
Julian Christensen
Jillian Cohen
Julia Evans
Tabitha Fuery
Joshua Gary
Benjamin Gordon
Elienne Grossman
Sasha Hanson
Jared Jacobi
Saskia Lewis
Henry Maravilla
Nolan McKew
Paige Merril
Calla O'Neil
Anna Robinson
Lilly Rodman
Callista Sattin
Carolyn Tang
Amiyah Turner
Cameron Zier

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