Seventy five Johnston High School students were celebrated during their induction into the National Honor Society (NHS) in a May 10 candlelight ceremony filled with music, pomp and circumstance.
“I’d like to take this opportunity to congratulate the parents and guardians, and families, of these remarkable young people whom we recognize this evening,” said Principal Dennis Morrell. “Your unconditional love, your guidance, your support, and your encouragement throughout the years are a big reason why your sons and daughters are here this evening. Thank you for entrusting your education to us, we are greatly appreciative.”
The NHS is the nation's premier organization established to recognize outstanding high school students. More than one million students participate in NHS activities, with chapters are found in all 50 states and Canada. Four main purposes guide the NHS: to create enthusiasm for scholarship; to stimulate a desire to render service; to promote leadership; and to develop character in the students of secondary schools.
While the inducted excel in academics, these students share their time, knowledge and energy to those that need it most. They have taken an active role in the community and inspire others while bettering themselves through education.
Inductees took a vow during the ceremony pledging to seek the light of truth, hold scholarly habits, engage in worthy service, and to lead forward in all things that advance the welfare of the school.
“What I will remember is not being in a club, I will remember making a difference,” said outgoing senior president Nour Abaherah. “I would like to thank the members of the National Honor Society for being caring, enthusiastic and respectful wherever they went, and I would like to thank our excellent advisor Ms. (Jean) Picano for her kindness and guidance. We will all cherish our memories together.”
Picano encouraged the inductees to retain a sense of childlike wonder, to be more creative, imaginative, innovative, and open to possibilities.
“We are all still kids in adult bodies, learning from past experiences,” said Picano. “So why not embrace the child in you once in a while. Like Mark Twain said, ‘Age is an issue of mind over matter, if you don’t mind it doesn’t matter.’ So see the world through the eyes of a child, it can be an enlightening experience.
The Class of 2017 members are Nour Abaherah (President), Tyra Banks, Sarah Banno, Adam Bouchard, Anthony Cabral, Nina Carnevale, Isabel Connors, Vincent Florio, Lindsey Frein (Public Relations), Karla Gonzalez (Vice President), Paige Grenkiewicz, Veronica Lamoureux-Sloane, Zackary McFarlane, Kristiana Parrillo, Hillary Rogers, Vanida Singharath (Secretary), Zachary Szumita, Aristides Tejada Marmolejos, Nicholas Turcotte, Laura Wilson, and Alexia Zambarano.
The Class of 2018 members are Abigail Agnew, Giana Aquilante, Taylor Bernier, Aley Blakney (Public Relations), Benjamin Budway, Elijah Michael Burgess, Lauren Civetti, Jacob Cooke (Vice President), Fallon Davis, Cheyenne Day, Charles DiMascio, Alexa-Rae DiRaimo, Sara Echeverria, Matthew Eisemann, Adam Gobeille, Phillip Jessop Jr. (Secretary), Alyssa Johnson (President), Gianna Koning, Dylan Lavoie, Taylor Medeiros, Michael Mollicone, Yuvia Morales, Jordan Morertti, Madison Paolucci, Lauren Papa, Alyssa Pizzi, Madison Plouffe, Gabriella Scarcella, Leah Spirito, Allison Vessella, Christopher Vicca, Jesse Vigeant, and Emily Watson
The Class of 2019 members are Haya Abaherah, Connor Agnew, Dennis Anderson, Jason Briggs, Robert Civetti, Elizabeth Cruz, Jared Curci, Sophia DaCosta, Robin Fidel, Jack Frenier (President), Brenna Guilmette, Maikou Kue (Vice President), Isabella Nastasi, Ana Petrella, Breana Podmaska, Emily Raposa, Tyler Roche, Kelly Sigui, Jessica Watson and Zachary Zambarano.
“We’re very proud of our seniors, they’re all moving on, they’re going to on good schools and career paths,” said Superintendent Dr. Bernard DiLullo. “We have quite a few students making Honor Society, and that’s a big accomplishment both academically, socially and emotionally. We’re very proud of them, and we’re particularly proud of our teachers and administrators for escorting the students to this point.”