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NHS Induction Ceremony

By Helen Li '12

On the night of December 6th 2010, the induction ceremony of the new members of the SFP National Honor Society began with music provided by the Chamber Orchestra. The inductees consisted of students from the junior and senior classes. Admittance into the society was carefully evaluated by the Faculty Council. Their decisions were based not only on the academic success of students, but also their leadership, character, ability to lead, and service to the school and community. Out of the many applicants, a total of 97 students were selected: 53 seniors and 44 juniors.

After the orchestra finished playing, the induction ceremony continued with a welcoming address given by the NHS president Tommy Vonortas ‘11, who congratulated the new members, elaborated on the great honor of being selected into the NHS, and introduced the other speakers. This was then followed by an opening prayer from Noelani Rodriguez ‘11. Later on, the keynote address was delivered by Ms. Jane Lynch, in which she spoke of the importance of service and encouraged students to continue to be people of service. The next event was the lighting of the four candles. Before each candle was lit, Andrew Tom ‘11, Stephanie Riccardi ‘11, Gary Zeppetelli ‘11, and Tami Terzian ‘11 explained the significance of the candles and described how each signified the qualities which candidates of the National Honor Society were selected for - scholarship, character, leadership, and service. Afterwards, inductees read the NHS pledge and promised to uphold the society’s values. NHS Advisers, Ms. Theresa Houseman and Mr. Frank Trubiano, read the names of all the candidates, who walked up on stage, where Principal Brother Leonard Conway presented them with medals and then made congratulatory comments. Ending the evening, Mr. Castellano gave his Benediction and the induction concluded with music from the Chamber Orchestra, directed by Mr. Robert Johnston. Afterwards, a reception with refreshments was held in the library for the honored students and their families.