National Honor Society Inducts 120

Walt Whitman High School Alma Mater:  Hail to thee Walt Whitman the best of schools we know. We promise to be true to thee wherever we may go. We will always remember what loyalty is for. And so we sing this song of praise Walt Whitman ever more.
Walt Whitman High School Alma Mater: Hail to thee Walt Whitman the best of schools we know. We promise to be true to thee wherever we may go. We will always remember what loyalty is for. And so we sing this song of praise Walt Whitman ever more.
Superintendent Bennardo congratulates an inductee with a hardy handshake.
Superintendent Bennardo congratulates an inductee with a hardy handshake.
The award winning Whitman Choral, led by student director Kristen Riordan, left in photo, provided a musical interlude as well as the ‘Star Spangled Banner’ and the Alma Mater. In background left to right: Whitman’s NHS President Meaghan Duffy, Vice President Christopher Consolo, Secretary Lauren Nemshin, and GSO Representative Asad Mahmood (sitting in for Treasurer, Siraat Zafar who was at the national DECA competition in Atlanta).
The award winning Whitman Choral, led by student director Kristen Riordan, left in photo, provided a musical interlude as well as the ‘Star Spangled Banner’ and the Alma Mater. In background left to right: Whitman’s NHS President Meaghan Duffy, Vice President Christopher Consolo, Secretary Lauren Nemshin, and GSO Representative Asad Mahmood (sitting in for Treasurer, Siraat Zafar who was at the national DECA competition in Atlanta).
Whitman senior and salutatorian Taylor Parrish gets congratulated prior to signing the register book.
Whitman senior and salutatorian Taylor Parrish gets congratulated prior to signing the register book.
Jameson Latko adds his signature to the register, officially confirming his induction into the National Honor Society.
Jameson Latko adds his signature to the register, officially confirming his induction into the National Honor Society.
Conducted in alphabetical order, Hannah Zaiff  (number 120) heads off stage after being congratulated by Principal Kathleen Acker, Superintendent David Bennardo, Assistant Superintendent Joseph Centamore, BOE Trustee Laura Carey, and National Honor Society Advisor Ms. Donna Talleur.
Conducted in alphabetical order, Hannah Zaiff (number 120) heads off stage after being congratulated by Principal Kathleen Acker, Superintendent David Bennardo, Assistant Superintendent Joseph Centamore, BOE Trustee Laura Carey, and National Honor Society Advisor Ms. Donna Talleur.

On Monday evening, May 5, 116 juniors and 4 seniors 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. “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 scholastic standing, 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, led by student director Kristen Riordan, 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 Meaghan Duffy, Vice President Christopher Consolo, Secretary Lauren Nemshin, and GSO Representative Asad Mahmood (sitting in for Treasurer, Siraat Zafar who was at the national DECA competition in Atlanta) 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 2014 Walt Whitman National Honor Society inductees:

Congratulations to the following students: Angela Abbatiello, Jennifer Agell, Baylee Albitz, Erika Algierie, Alexandria Alpy, Harris Ansari, Alexa Arthur, Hannah Axmacher, Olivia Banting, Cassidy Batkin, Emily Biederman, Joseph Blackall, Alison Calzada, Kristen Cardascia, Paola Cespedes, Maryam Choudhary, Lauren Connolly, Arianna Cusumano, Abigail Daniels, Alexis Darrow, Jade Darrow, Samantha De Garay, Joseph Di Piero, Erin Diana, Collin Donovan, Natalie Dunn, Tara Edouard, Jasmine Erfan, April Fallon, Vincent Feola, Thomas Ferrante, Gerard Foley, Thomas Foley, Gabriella Fuentes, Connor Galvin, Haley Gladitsch, Paige Gladstone, Elizabeth, Greaves, Nicole Grennan, Vanessa Guardado, Peter Guastella, Sumona Halder, Colleen Harrington, William Heath, Robert Herley, Allysia Jones, Jacob Kahrs, Russell Kielawa, Lauren King, Julian Kleberg, Marina Kopf, Heather Kurash, Jordana Lanz, Jameson Latko, Maureen Leiva, Mindy Lin, Christine Lo Nigro, Marissa Locastro, Rebecca Mac Leod, Fatima Malik, Emily Manheim, Kate Manson, Kathryn, Marchesiello, Lizeth Martinez, Luis Masaya, Ryan Mc Allister, Laura Mc Auley, Sean, Mc Entee, Christina Mc Felia, Jonathan Mozoon, Pooja Navlani, Rabiya Nazir, Katelyn Neuman, Margaret Nostrand, Sabrina O Dette, Jonathan O Toole, Alijan Ozkiral, Taylor Parrish, Shayna Pehel, Nicole Peluso, Julia Persaud, Danerah Pierre, Jenna Piromalli, Heydi Ponce, Leslie Portillo, Linda Powell, Shamar Powell, Cheryl Rodriguez, Joshua Roiland, Nicole Rowe, Abbie Sagastume, Emmanuella Saint Charles, Benjamin Sakarin, Isabel Sakarin, Rebecca Sansotta, Jennifer Sarnataro, Francine Sauer, Jack Schatten, Siena Schraml, Ashley Seebach, Robert Senecal, Ranya Sergany, Ayumi Shiraishi, Mahum Siddiqui, Elisabeth Silverman, Sabrina Simanoff, Nikki Smith, Tariq Soliman, Jonathan Sparling, Rachel Sundermier, Aryan Tabibzada, Jenna Traina, Ellen Tricomi, Christian Vollmer, Ryan Wendell, Yu Qing Weng, Eliza Wong, Anthony Wurtz, Kabir Zafar, and Hannah Zaiff.