OSWEGO, NY – Traditionally the first Sunday afternoon in May means that it is time for the Oswego High School National Honor Society Owl’s head Chapter induction ceremony.
As families, friends and faculty, along with some members of the Board of Education, gathered at the Robinson-Faust Theatre for the Performing Arts, nearly 33 Oswego High School students were inducted.
Addressing the students and audience, Oswego Superintendent of Schools Ben Halsey congratulated the newest inductees and expressed appreciation to family, teachers and community for the support they had provided over the years.
He reminded the students that they are leaders, but with that comes responsibility.
He recognized them for scholarship, leadership, service and character which are the four pillars of the Owls Head Chapter of the National Honor Society.
Oswego High School Principal Brian Hartwell said, “When I reflect upon ‘What is Right with Oswego High School and what makes us a School of Excellence’ the answer is the leadership of our best and brightest.”
Continuing he noted, “Inductees, your accomplishments, coupled with your commitment and characters makes us all very proud. I encourage you to take time to reflect upon your journey to this point. I am sure that you will recall many of the exceptional teachers that made a lasting impression on you. When offering thanks to shoe that have helped you along the way, be sure not to forget your parents. Your accomplishment are a compilation of many years of education and certain a proud day for all of us. It is vital, however, to remember that the first teachers you ever had are your parents who have devoted their lives to you. They were your first teachers and your teachers for life.”
Owl’s Head Chapter officers had a key part in the ceremony as President Madison Collins, Vice President Allison Moshier, along with secretary Mallory Gordon were joined on stage by Treasurer Kerrigan Cummins.
The officers introduced the newest inductees.
Included as the newest members of the National Honor Society were Ana Alcasid, Victoria Armet, Jenna Ballard, Katie Bradshaw, Trevor Bradshaw, Ayla Busch, Michaela Callen, Amber Canbek, Jordan Crapser, Sean Dain, Maia Delaney, Clare Donovan, Olivia Dowdle, Olivia Flint, Jacob Gerber, Alexander Haessig and Evan James.
Also inducted were John Khamis, Sydnie LeRoy, Roman Madlangbayan, Mariah Metcalf, Natasha Mezza, Brooke Morrisseau, Kyra O’Gorman, Emily Oldenburg, Elaina Rando, Kristie Reitz, Claire Richardson, Kelly Skinner, Kelci Somers, Mark Taormina, Christopher Van Gorder and Monica Wilson.
Principal Hartwell praised the academic achievements of the students.
He said, “While this ceremony is to honor those students that have gone above and beyond in leadership, scholarship, character and service; this is not your finale. No, the certificates, medals, and applause are merely the beginning. Oswego High School, our community and eventually your nation will look to you and those like you to lead us deeper into the 21st Century. The commitment and character that you have demonstrated will serve you well as you continue your journey”
He closed by saying, “Thank you for representing your family and Oswego High in such fine fashion. One again, congratulations. You should be proud of yourselves.”