Island students inducted into National Junior Honor Society
Eleven students were inducted into the National Junior Honor Society at Lawn Avenue School last week – the first group of inductees since 1997.
The school decided to bring the program back this year to offer “public recognition for those students who excel at academics,” said Principal Kathleen Almanzor.
Students were required to maintain a certain grade-point average, complete community service, be model citizens, write an essay and be approved by the faculty, she said.
The students inducted included Samara Ayvazian-Hancock, Colette Baker, Hollister Bobola, Madeline Brophy, Jonathan Carney, Faith Chadwick, Isabel Crabtree, Samuel Hollister, Elizabeth LaMantia, Zachary Neronha and Natalie Toland.
Almanzor called the group of students – which included seventh and eighth-graders – “bright, energetic and caring” and told them that they are “sitting as leaders inspiring others.”
She also said that membership in the National Junior Honor Society was “a privilege that you have all earned.”
After a brief processional during the ceremony on May 26, the students read selections from their entrance essays, which reflected on the topics of scholarship, leadership, service, character and citizenship. Several students also performed musical and voice selections.
Students then signed a book, lit a candle and received a certificate of membership.