Excellence Earns Entrance to National Junior Honor Society

Five students pose in front of glitter board

More than 60 Locust Valley Middle School students proved that they had all the attributes required to join the prestigious National Junior Honor Society and were inducted during a traditional ceremony on Feb. 7.

The society accepts only those students having demonstrated qualities that exhibit scholarship, service, leadership, character and citizenship. Therefore, sitting on the stage in the middle school auditorium during the ceremony were inductees representing the school as well-rounded, hardworking and community minded. 

Assisted by the National Junior Honor Society advisers Kelley Grassi and Jennifer Tichy, the organization’s current officers led the ceremony, each describing one of the society’s required qualities and lighting the corresponding candle. President Margaret Kuebler lit the candle for scholarship, Vice President Jolie Pye for service, Secretary Catherine Saffi for leadership, Treasurer Megan McDonald for character and Service Officer Susan Meza for citizenship.

Board of Education President Brian Nolan addressed the inductees and their guests. “On behalf of the Board of Education, I congratulate each of you and thank you for being a part of what makes Locust Valley Central School District so successful,” he said. “It is you and your teachers that bring life to our school buildings and create energy in our classrooms, and we are thrilled to celebrate you.”

Principal H. Thomas Hogan said it was impressive that the students managed to be successful in a broad range of subjects over an extended period of time. “Think about that as the central attribute of success,” he said. 

Mr. Hogan led the inductees in reciting the pledge of the National Junior Honor Society and the lighting of their individual candles. 

The ceremony closed with inspiring words from Acting Superintendent Dr. Carl Bonuso. “I was truly in awe to hear the kinds of things that these young people are involved in,” he said. Dr. Bonuso explained that in his short time in the district, he has seen middle school students excel in an array of activities, including their recent musical production. 

Congratulations to all of the National Junior Honor Society inductees!