National Honor Society Inducts 112 Whitman Juniors

Service, Leadership, Scholarship, and Character are all major components of the National Honor Society.
Service, Leadership, Scholarship, and Character are all major components of the National Honor Society.
Walt Whitman NHS Advisor Ms. Donna Talleur welcomes the audience. Left to right at dais: Principal Acker, Superintendent Bennardo, and Supervisor of Assessment and technology Jared Bloom.
Walt Whitman NHS Advisor Ms. Donna Talleur welcomes the audience. Left to right at dais: Principal Acker, Superintendent Bennardo, and Supervisor of Assessment and technology Jared Bloom.
The Walt Whitman Chorale was directed by Steven Altinel.
The Walt Whitman Chorale was directed by Steven Altinel.
NHS Secretary Noelle Pilger lights the candle representing character.
NHS Secretary Noelle Pilger lights the candle representing character.
Bedel Saget gets congratulated by Assistant Superintendent Joseph Centamore, Jared Bloom and Dave Bennardo.
Bedel Saget gets congratulated by Assistant Superintendent Joseph Centamore, Jared Bloom and Dave Bennardo.
Siraat Zafar, as well as each of the 112 Whitman Juniors were welcomed into the National Honor Society.
Siraat Zafar, as well as each of the 112 Whitman Juniors were welcomed into the National Honor Society.
Jared Bloom extends his hand to congratulate Keith Jacobsen.
Jared Bloom extends his hand to congratulate Keith Jacobsen.
NHS Treasurer Kristina Brigati lights the fifth candle, representing Service.
NHS Treasurer Kristina Brigati lights the fifth candle, representing Service.
New members sign their pledge to prove worthy of a place in the National Honor Society.
New members sign their pledge to prove worthy of a place in the National Honor Society.

On Monday evening, May 6, 112 juniors at Walt Whitman High School were inducted into the National Honor Society (NHS) in a ceremony that celebrated their high scholastic standing, leadership qualities, superior character, and service to others. “I want you to remember your pledge as you embark on your final year as seniors at Walt Whitman High School,” said Ms. Donna Talleur, National Honor Society Advisor in her welcome address. “Your responsibilities include maintaining your academic success, guarding your character, maintaining your status as a leader, and continuing to serve in your community freely.”

The evening’s keynote speaker was Principal Kathleen Acker. “The National Honor Society is the nation’s premier organization established to recognize outstanding high school students,” said Principal Acker. “While this induction is truly an honor, I believe you should be most proud of what you had to do to meet the stringent criteria to succeed as an honor student.”

The Walt Whitman Chorale, directed by Mr. Steven Altinel, treated the audience to a performance. Current National Honor Society officers conducted the traditional candle-lighting ceremony during which they each spoke about the various qualities required to be a member of the NHS. President Christopher Vital, Vice President Ling Zhou Chen, Secretary Victoria Weisser, and Treasurer Noelle Pilger each took their turn lighting a candle.

“All of the students being honored here tonight have consistently demonstrated the greatness of their character, in the classroom and in the community,” continued Principal Acker. “I would like to share the following quote with you–author unknown: ‘Watch your thoughts; they become words. Watch your words; they become actions. Watch your actions; they become your habits. Watch your habits; they become character. Watch your character; it becomes your destiny.’”

The following students exemplify all of the qualities that the National Honor Society holds as fundamental. We are honored to present the 2013 Walt Whitman National Honor Society inductees:

Congratulations to the following students: Kola Adebola, Gregory Ahlsen, Charissa Arters, Ruby Bafu, Jennifer Barone, Cassandra Bense, Edward Birdsall, Savion Black, Nicolette Bono, Devon Budzitowski, Elizabeth Bushey, Matthew Campanella, Francesca Capasso, Nicole Cardascia, Douglas Castro, Carrie Chen, Nicholas Ciccarone, Gina Cipriano, Nicole Civello, Christina Clark, Kayla Collins, Kimberly Columbo, Christopher Consolo, Corey Cook, James Corbett, Jocelyn Creeron, Aubrey Daly, Thomas De Pasquale, Emily Di Lillo, Brandon Drum, Meaghan Duffy, Ariana Elmayan, Salvatore Esposito, Tubah Farooq, Jennifer Fenwick, Anthony Feola, Nicole Franz, Alexandra Gerard, Tyler Gianchetta, Brenda Givargidze, Andrew Gonzalez, Sarin Grey, Phillip Griffin, Tiffany Halajian, Patric Harrington, Betsy Henriquez, Diana Hess, Erika Hess, Thomas Hustedt, Saba Ilyas, Nicholas Isernia, Keith Jacobsen, Aren Kabarajian, Cassidy Kaht, Alexander Keane, Alanna Levy, Christopher Lobasso, Rachid Macer, Anum Mahmood, Asad Mahmood, Jimmy Marseille, Kerri McDonagh, Kyle McManus, Emily Melinis, Fanny Migliore, Alyssa Moletz, Samantha Myers Dineen, Christina Naughton, Lauren Nemshin, Caroline Nolan, Nicholas Oberle, Christopher Olberding, Nicholas Orlando, Michael Ospina, Michael Pagano, Nicholas Pinelli, Meghan Polk, Robert Prestia, Nicole Quattrocchi, Rafael Reyes, Kristen Riordan, Amelia Rivoir, Bedel Saget, Kira Sansone, Jacqueline Sauer, Rebecca Shaiman, Samantha Shaiman, Ahmad Shamulzai, Scott Shelton, Carolyn Simone, Heathpaul Singh, Melisa Sorto, John Spessard, Emily Stasi, Emily Stasko, Ryan Stengl, Amanda Strigaro, Nahmida Talukder, Naveed Tariq, Zachary Thompson, Panayiotis Toubanos, Morgan Trefny, Rachel Ulrich, Amanda Verdi, Alex Wasserman, Stephanie Weinstock, Ryan Wolff, Courtney Yodice, Derek Zadrozny, Siraat Zafar, Patrick Zakrzewski, and Alexander Zappulla.