Twenty-two students from Phoenix’s Emerson J. Dillon Middle School finished the school year earning distinguished honors from the school’s chapter of the National Junior Honor Society.
NJHS is an elite distinction which recognizes students for excellence in academics as well as demonstrating outstanding service, leadership, citizenship and character.
Referred to as the five pillars, candidates who embody the five symbolizing characteristics are role models students at EJD and outstanding community citizens.
Meeting the merits for NJHS and honored during a ceremony that was hosted by EJD Principal Sue Anderson, Vice Principal Barbara Kowalski, NJHS Advisers Jennifer Mainville and Helen Abbott and current NJHS Officers Catherine Musumeci, Zoe Heckert, Morgan Gravlin, and Corinne Januszka were students: Gabriella Allen, Kearra Backus, Marcus Berube, Erika Brown, Gianna DeRoberts, Hannah Gilbert, Kimber Hendrix, Megan Hess, Emilie Hilliard, Wendy Li, Ashley Margrey, Breanna Mitchell, Olivia Ripley, Kristine Rowe, Lauren Schmidt, Mariah Sheirer, Crystal Stobart, Olivia Thrall, Alisa Trudell, Joshua VanGorder, Garrett Watkins and Edward Zeller.
Members of the EJD Chapter of the NJHS coordinate several community service initiatives each year including letters to the troops, letters to benefit Macy’s Make a Wish campaign, a food drive to benefit the local food pantry, a book drive for students at Michael A. Maroun Elementary School and a trick-or-treating fundraiser to benefit UNICEF.