The Kennett High School Blue and White Chapter of the National Honor Society welcomed 2014-15 inductees at a ceremony and reception this spring.
Chapter adviser Dr. Alicia Tamargo opened the program. National Honor Society members from the Class of 2015 highlighted the qualities expected of members: Kevin Godzik (Character), Nichol Brown (Scholarship), Aimee Armitage (Leadership), Kirsten Sharp (Service).
Dr. Tomorrow Jenkins, Assistant Principal, called the role of inductees who were welcomed into the Chapter: Jonathan Baumel, Lillian Clark, Elizabeth Dawyot, Stephen Doroba, Hannah Huzar, Alison Jury, Jennifer Kim, Peter Lattanzio, Guadalupe Martinez, Heather McDonald, Alicia Saraceno, and Madison Schuck (seniors); Tolulope Adetayo, Samantha Anthony, Codie Armitage, Julie Bates, Kitty Battalora, Christian Beveridge, Casey Bruno, Michael Claricurzio, Kara Clarke, Erin Dooley, Bridget Duffy, Madaline Dungey, Kira Dzedzy, Nicholas Ferranto, Christina Fucci, River Gheen-Regouski, Athena Grivas, Amanda Haid, Lauren Hauptschien, Benjamin Henry, Dennon Hoernig, Emma Hopkins, Jessica Hussey, Maria Kaliakin,, Ananya Kapur, Saarang Karandikar, Casey Kollmeier, Christopher Kreicker, Zoe Livingston, Alexander Mark, Julianne Matthias, Connor McGlone, Braden Miller, Dylan Munson, Rebecca Ploener, Angelique Raezer, Emma Rasero, Aubrey Robinson, Jacob Saltzberg, Colleen Sheehan, Becca Shoemaker, Duncan Smith, Dana Solomon, Megan Tandarich, Joseph Wikol, and Alexander Wilson (juniors).
Mr. Raymond Fernandez, Assistant Principal, called the role of the existing members of the Chapter. These students were inducted into the Society last year: Emily Adelman, Kierstin Anderson, Aimee Armitage, Cali Beeson, Katherine Bolten, Rory Bowens, Nichol Brown, Kaitlyn Buchanan, Rebecca Bulgarelli, Abigail Church, Hannah Dale, Laura Elliott, Arshia Faghri, Katherine Gallivan, Johnathon Ganly, Hannah Geller, Kevin Godzik, Olivia Hartman, Phoebe Hertler, Hali Jiang, April Lin, Marisa Maxwell, Haeli McCabe, Peter O’Sullivan, Tania Rodriguez Cintora, Jessica Rosenau, Annabelle Schmitt, Deryn Schuck, Kirsten Sharp, Zixuan Shen, Kavya Shetty, Hannah Shiflet, Thomas Spell, and Jonathan Sweet (seniors). Carlos Aldrete, a new student this year, was welcomed as a member of the Blue and White Chapter. He was inducted into the National Honor Society last year in his former school.
Following the induction ceremony and roll call, Principal Michael Barber administered the pledge of honor and Dr. Tamargo announced the newly elected officers for 2015-16: Megan Tandarich (President), Becca Shoemaker (Vice President), Kitty Battalora (Secretary), Joseph Wikol (Treasurer), and Erin Dooley (Historian). A reception followed.
Members of the Blue and White Chapter must demonstrate and maintain high standards of the four hallmarks of the National Honor Society: scholarship, leadership, character and service. Throughout the year, members of the National Honor Society members participate in service activities including tutoring and fund raising. This year they have organized two blood drives for the American Red Cross, volunteered in many community events like the Red Clay Cleanup and the Mushroom Festival, and raised money to combat childhood leukemia and to support the Kennett Food Cupboard. The group has also sponsored social activities at the high school, including this month’s Glow Dance.
Members of the Blue and White Chapter became eligible by posting a 3.75 grade point average (GPA) by the second semester of their junior year. Additional qualities of character, leadership and service were assessed by the faculty of Kennett High School and reviewed by members of the National Honor Society Faculty Council, chosen by the Principal from among the faculty and serving for a period of years. This year’s Faculty Council included Carol Aiken, Colleen Allen, Rachel Ceci, Hannah Ciceu, Jodi Davidson, William Fritsch, Kimberly Guarneri, Theresa Indiveri, Lisa Kochmansky, Stephanie Lluna-Garces, Jeffrey Moreau, Joseph O’Sullivan, Michael Replogle, Robert Wagner, and Michael Waite.