Emerson J Dillon Middle School welcomed 11 new members into the National Junior Honor Society recently.
This year, the EJD NJHS has served its community in a variety of ways, from UNICEF trick or treating to the sending of Christmas cards to Michaud nursing home.
They also helped to raise money for Toys for Tots and the ASPCA among other organizations.
Collectively, they completed 1,137 hours of volunteer service.
Violet Ameele, Grace Arnold, Alexandra Galle, Caitlin George, Haylie Goudy, Allison Grabowski, Brigid Lawless, Keva Newby, Sarah Thorn, Teresa Uhl and Grace Vestigo were each congratulated by Principal Sue Anderson and pinned by a staff member, friend or family member.
Two members were pinned by their older brothers.
“Middle school is full of peer pressure, and these young ladies and gentleman rose to the occasion,” said EJD NJHS adviser Jennifer Mainville.
Ammele was pinned by her brother, Dixon Ammele. She participates in jazz band, cross country, volleyball, track, dance, Robotics Club and Battle of the Books.
Arnold is a member of chorus, jazz band and the soccer and volleyball teams. She is also the treasurer of French club and a member of the anti-bullying group.
Galle is in band and chorus and competed in NYSSMA with multiple solos this year. She is also a member of the student council, a math tutor, an assistant karate instructor and a member of the varsity girl’s tennis team.
George is student council secretary, a math tutor and a member of the softball team. She volunteers at the Oswego County SPCA and at EJD orientation nights, and also is in chorus, band and jazz band.
Goudy is also in chorus, band and jazz band. She also plays on the volleyball team and was selected to be the manager for the varsity team.
Grabowski is a student council representative, a team manager for volleyball and a member of the track team, year book and robotics club. She also participated in this year’s fall drama production at the high school.
Lawless is a member of St. Mark’s youth group and girl scouts; she earned Camp Talooli’s progression awards consisting of being a tour guide canoe master and art instructor. She also plays club soccer and is currently in band and track.
Newby participates in basketball, softball, track and homework club. She has received various awards for being respectful and is also a spokesperson for her church.
Thorn is a member of the anti-bullying, video, French and robotics clubs. She is also a member of the Bridge House Brats community group and participates in volleyball, basketball, softball, chorus and band. She was pinned by her brother Conner.
Uhl has received citizenship awards, the Physical Education student of the month award and student of the year award. She is a member of the concert band, video club and student council.
Lastly, Vestigo volunteers as an advocate for special education and participates in annual Earth Day clean-ups. She is a cashier at the “Orange and Black Shack,” a member of student council and a student helper for career day.
Principal Anderson concluded the induction ceremony with a quote by Aristotle, “Excellence, then, is not an act, but a habit.”
NJHS members that were elected as officers for next year are Ashley Margrey as president, Emilie Hilliard as vice president, Olivia Ripley as secretary and Wendy Li as treasurer.