OSWEGO, NY – The Oswego Middle School National Junior Honor Society inducted its second class of the 2011-2012 school year.
A couple of months ago the newly formed NJHS welcomed the eighth graders. On May 20 the seventh graders were inducted in ceremonies at the Oswego High School Robinson-Faust Theatre for the Performing Arts.
“Scholarship, leadership, service, character and citizenship” are the pillars of the National Junior Honor Society.
Principal Mary Beth Fierro said, “When I began as principal at OMS this past summer I had many ideas for the school for raising as well as recognizing student achievement. One of those has become a reality in starting a chapter of the NJHS. I approached Sue Roik and Danielle Rombough about volunteering as co-advisors for this year and additionally five other faculty members volunteered to be part of the required NJHS Faculty Council.”
Continuing to address the audience she said, “The students seated in front of you today are leaders in the classroom and in their extracurricular activities, they perform volunteer community service and all maintain a 90 plus overall average. They are excellent representatives of the Oswego Middle School and the community.”
Inducted as the latest members to the OMS NJHS were Danica Aquitania, Haley Baker, Brianna Batchelor, Madison Bell, Jeremy Braiman, Derek Caramella, Aaric Celeste, Benjamin Dafoe, Olivia DeLorenzo, Patrick Dowdle, Sarah Fitzgibbons, Alexa Hardesty, and Robin Huang.
The remaining inductees were Lisa Kanbur, Rachel Leotta, Nick Masuicca, Ben Muckey, Brandon Myers, Madison Plyler, Camden Proud, Emily Purce, Sarah Reynolds, Sarah Smolinski, Nick Sullivan, Tanner Wegzyn and Sophie Woods.
Guest speaker at the event was Laura Ryder, the Director of Literacy for the Oswego City School District.
She said, “Leadership is about striving for excellence and these students have demonstrated that commitment to learning by their conduct, effort and grade point averages. They have demonstrated leadership when they serve others by participating in community service and have shown they have outstanding character traits by their actions and words.”
Ryder closed by saying, “There is a quote that exemplifies leadership and its ability to set an example to others. John Quincy Adams, the sixth president of the United Sates, said ‘If you actions inspire others to dream more, learn more, do more and become more, you are a leader.”