Induction Ceremony Highlights Character and Leadership

Honored guests left to right at dais: Principal Kathleen Acker, BOE Trustee Laura Carey, and Superintendent Dr. Dave Bennardo join this year’s NHS officers.
Honored guests left to right at dais: Principal Kathleen Acker, BOE Trustee Laura Carey, and Superintendent Dr. Dave Bennardo join this year’s NHS officers.
This year’s NHS officers left to right: President Russell Kielawa, Vice President Kabir Zafar, Secretary Sean McEntee, and Treasurer Elisabeth Silverman.
This year’s NHS officers left to right: President Russell Kielawa, Vice President Kabir Zafar, Secretary Sean McEntee, and Treasurer Elisabeth Silverman.
After receiving their NHS pin from Principal Acker, students are congratulated by Superintendent Dave Bennardo, BOE Trustee Laura Carey and NHS Advisor Donna Talleur. In this photo, Juan Contreras Gonzalez prepares to sign the pledge book after being congratulated by Ms. Talleur.
After receiving their NHS pin from Principal Acker, students are congratulated by Superintendent Dave Bennardo, BOE Trustee Laura Carey and NHS Advisor Donna Talleur. In this photo, Juan Contreras Gonzalez prepares to sign the pledge book after being congratulated by Ms. Talleur.
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.
Newly minted National Honor Society members Avery and Twary McKenzie, followed by Dylan McNally are ready to meet family and friends at a reception in the South Cafeteria.
Newly minted National Honor Society members Avery and Twary McKenzie, followed by Dylan McNally are ready to meet family and friends at a reception in the South Cafeteria.
The Walt Whitman Chorale was directed by Steven Altinel.
The Walt Whitman Chorale was directed by Steven Altinel.

On Monday evening, May 4, 124 juniors and 12 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. “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. “An honor such as this is a wonderful way for the school and community to recognize and celebrate the choices, and sometimes the sacrifices, you have made,” said Principal Acker. “But I believe what should make you and your parents the most proud is not the actual honor itself, but what you had to do to meet the stringent criteria to receive this honor.”

The Walt Whitman Chorale, directed by Mr. Steven Altinel, treated the audience to a performance that included Over the Rainbow and of course the Whitman Alma Mater. 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 Russell Kielawa, Vice President Kabir Zafar, Secretary Sean McEntee, and Treasurer Elisabeth Silverman each took their turn lighting a candle.

The following students exemplify all of the qualities that the National Honor Society holds as fundamental. We are honored to present the 2015 Walt Whitman National Honor Society inductees:

Congratulations to the following students: 

Valerie Abbene, Catherine Aiello, Emily Alvarado, Thibaud Antoniou, Keeyse Aparicio Morales, Jessica Bansbach, Waris Barakzai, Keya Bartolomeo, Sonia Bartolomeo, Hans Bas, Kimberly Bellissimo, Alexzandrya Bergeau, Jeremy Bombace, Marguerite Bonhomme, Robert Bottoni, Jacob Bronson, Joseph Buckshaw, Julia Canigiani, Kirk Christensen, Nicholas Cirillo, Sally Cohen, Kelly Conlon, Kerry Conlon, Jonathan Consolo, Katherine Cox, Jeremy Dalimonte, Christopher Davila, Kyle Davis, Nicholas De Blasio, Kelsey De Rosa, Danielle Dellaccio, Cesia Deras, Justin Devaraj, Michael Di Maulo, Zachary Dougherty, Julia Drum, Cassandra Eaches, Ahmad Ejaz, Joseph Esposito, Dillon Feinman, Elizabeth Fernandez, Theodore Fisher, Taylor Fox, Colin Gilmartin, Amanda Glaser, Alec Gonzalez, Juan Gonzalez Contreras, Laura Grajales Cardona, Alexandra Greaves, Sabrina Greenberg, Shayna Greene, David Grey, Lauren Groser, Douglas Guida, David Hamilton, Jefferson Hector Jr, Mohammad Jalili, Sarine Kabarajian, Abdullaha Khan, Ariel Khatchatourian, Jenna Kilkenny, Marina Kilkenny, Rachel Kilkenny, Emma Kongevold, Camila Korobow, Wayne Koziatek, Corina Lambraia, Derek Lap, Millicent Le Claire, Emily Lettis, Rosalie Libardi, Alicia Litt, Christina Lofaso, Michael Lorello, Hamza Mahmood, Ayesha Marghub, Avery Mc Kenzie, Twary Mc Kenzie, Dylan Mc Nally, Carol Melhado, Rumeysa Mete, Natalie Migliore, Amanda Moletz, Ellysandra Monegro, Nandi Morancie, Jesse Morra, Anali Nanavati, Michelle Nardelli, Nicole Naughton, Kayla Neiland, Christina O Donnell, Colin O Hara, Brandon O Rourke, Zannia Ojibe, Zenab Ojibe, Melanie Olinsky, Mikal Oltedal, Diana Ortega, Julianna Pasquarello, Misha Patel, Rose Pedretti, Margaret Pigliacelli, Pamela Pulvirenti, Aksa Qureshi, Hira Qureshi, Jamal Rashid, Gabrielle Ramirez, Derick Ramos, Inpreet Rattu, Julianna Richter, Vincent Rodriguez, Jenna Ruf, Verdelle Saint Jean, Umaimah Saleemi, Nicole Samba, Marisa Sanquini, Jason Saslaw, Jesse Scheiner, Matthew Schindler, Kristen Schmidt, Christopher Senecal, Yukari Shiraishi, Sudhakar Sood, Colleen Sweezey, Zanaira Tariq, Haley Tract, Kiran Usmani, Andrew Varisco, Gabrielle Vital, Carolanne Wadulack, Joseph Weindling, Ashley Weisser, Brittany White, Thao Williams, Michelle Zambrano, and Skyler Zenie.

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