Pride seemed to be the theme as 99 LVMS students were inducted into the National Junior Honor Society on February 2nd.  There were proud parents, proud teachers, and proud administrators celebrating with the inductees. But it was the students themselves that were the proudest and it showed as their smiles beamed throughout the ceremony. The National Junior Honor Society advisors, Kelley Grassi and Jennifer Tichy, who organized the ceremony, read aloud each of the inductees proudest moments and goals for the future. While many of the proudest moments included going to a good college, or having a great career, the majority were proudest of being accepted to this prestigious society.

They have every right to feel proud of themselves. The National Junior Honor Society is an elite group that accepts members by invitation only. These students had to do more than achieve high grades to be accepted. Each of them had to exhibit the society’s five pillars of excellence: Scholarship, Service, Leadership, Character, and Citizenship. “These young men and women are not just smart, they go the extra mile,” said Principal H. Thomas Hogan. He, along with Superintendent of Schools Dr. Anna F. Hunderfund, and Board of Education Vice President Suzanne Sgueglia, offered the inductees congratulations and encouraged them to continue on this path of success.

Current members of the National Junior Honor Society participated in the event as well, by shaking the hands of each inductee as they signed the book of honor. In addition, the current officers lit each of the candles representing the pillars of character. Sara Orellana, Caroline Pantofel, Molly Friedman, Spencer Matthaei, and Christian Casazza read a description of each pillar prior to lighting the corresponding candle. Inductees then took the oath of the society and lit their own candles.

Three of the inductees, Carmine, Francesco, and Marconi D’Auria-Gupta (triplets) performed The Impossible Dream from Man of La Mancha. The selection was inspiring and reminded the group that they can achieve impossible dreams.

Congratulations to all of the inductees and their families!