PULASKI – The Pulaski High School Chapter of the National Honor Society inducted 21 new members in a special ceremony held at the school.
More than just an academic award, the NHS induction criteria includes exemplary character, scholarship, leadership and service.
In a welcome by Pulaski High School Principal Jay Altobello, he called the induction an “honor that sets you apart from other individuals,” stating that the recognition proves that the students “value education, can solve problems and care about others and your community.”
Guest speaker for the event was former middle school teacher, Tony LiVoti, who last year was named Middle School Educator of the Year prior to his retirement from the district.
LiVoti recalled an award presented by the Attorney General to honor courage, commitment and character, called the Triple C Award. He shared his advice with students to always be courageous and “be bold enough to take on challenges,” be committed to excellence which he noted carries over into their personal lives. He also encouraged the students to be involved in community service which he said helps them to understand that they are part of a much bigger picture. He called the new inductees “outstanding members of this school and the Pulaski community.”
Following the speakers, NHS President Matthew McNitt read the statement of objectives and fellow members shared the qualities of NHS through the spirit of the torch ceremony.
The new members were announced and the following students were inducted into the NHS: Gabriel Aguilar, Kelly Bushell, Abigail Chapman, Sarah Clark, Samantha Dawes, Matthew Foederer, Shelby Goodsell, Hanna Greulich, Gregory Haskins, Morgan Jordal, Seth Lallier, Andrew Lapp, Lydia Marino, Genevieve McCormack, Austin Monson, James Morrissette, Samantha Nutting, Dawson Roshau, Katherine Scranton, Jennifer Shampine and Edward Sheats.
The new inductees join current NHS members Nicholas Allen, Jade Armstrong, Courtney Clark, Larissa Clark, Cassandra Delgado, Isabel Engelbrekt, Grace Farrell, Craig Gibbons, Megan Jennings, Samantha Jones, Aleah LaFlamme, Darby Leaf, Matthew McNitt, Randall Novak, Erik Oakes, Kaeleigh Paternoster, Nicholas Peters, Caleb Sedore and Mary Young in the Pulaski chapter.
In closing, Superintendent of School Brian Hartwell offered his congratulations and welcomed the new inductees.
He told how he is often asked about what makes his district so exceptional and he said, “The answer lies behind me on stage.”
He also encouraged the students to thank their teachers and their first teachers and teacher for life, their parents, for their help in getting to this point in their educational career.
Wishing the inductees well, Hartwell said, “The commitment and character you possess will serve you well as you continue on your journey.”
The National Honor Society was established in 1921 to recognize outstanding high school students who have demonstrated excellence in the areas of scholarship, leadership, service and character.