National Junior Honor Society Induction

Each NJHS Officer lights a leadership candle after speaking about a crucial element in the five qualities that exemplify membership in the National Junior Honor Society.
Each NJHS Officer lights a leadership candle after speaking about a crucial element in the five qualities that exemplify membership in the National Junior Honor Society.
“So I challenge each one of you this evening to be kind, even when it is difficult, push forward even when it seems impossible, and most importantly, love unconditionally.” – Principal Edwin Smith
“So I challenge each one of you this evening to be kind, even when it is difficult, push forward even when it seems impossible, and most importantly, love unconditionally.” – Principal Edwin Smith
NJHS Advisor Jessica Voorhees congratulates a new inductee.
NJHS Advisor Jessica Voorhees congratulates a new inductee.
Special guests on the dais left to right: Schools Superintendent Dr. Dave Bennardo; BOE Vice President Laura Carey; Assistant Superintendent for Instruction and Curriculum Dr. Jared Bloom; BOE Trustee Linda LaCara; Assistant Superintendent for Business and District Operations Dr. Joseph T. Centamore; Stimson Principal Edwin Smith; and Stimson National Junior Honor Society advisors, Seth Goldman and Jessica Voorhees.
Special guests on the dais left to right: Schools Superintendent Dr. Dave Bennardo; BOE Vice President Laura Carey; Assistant Superintendent for Instruction and Curriculum Dr. Jared Bloom; BOE Trustee Linda LaCara; Assistant Superintendent for Business and District Operations Dr. Joseph T. Centamore; Stimson Principal Edwin Smith; and Stimson National Junior Honor Society advisors, Seth Goldman and Jessica Voorhees.
We congratulate all of our new Stimson National Junior Honor Society members, as well as their advisors, Jessica Voorhees and Seth Goldman (photo above), along with their dedicated teachers.
We congratulate all of our new Stimson National Junior Honor Society members, as well as their advisors, Jessica Voorhees and Seth Goldman (photo above), along with their dedicated teachers.

It has been an exciting couple of weeks as we approach the homestretch of our school year. Our Walt Whitman Honor Society induction was followed the next night by the National Junior Honor Society ceremony, and there were proud smiles and applause throughout the Stimson Forum.

We congratulate all of our new Stimson National Junior Honor Society members, as well as their advisors, Jessica Voorhees and Seth Goldman, along with their dedicated teachers. We also offer special recognition to our inductees’ parents who have nurtured and supported them throughout their academic careers. “Before we begin tonight I think it is important to recognize the hardest workers in the room,” said Principal Edwin Smith.   “I am talking about the cookers of dinner, the makers of lunch, the matchers of socks, the food shoppers, the house cleaners, the bed makers, the did you do all your homework reminderers. So students please join me in a round of applause for your parents and all they have done to get you here today.”

We are confident that there are more wonderful things to come from this talented group of emerging scholars. An excerpt from Principal Smith’s speech is below after the student listing.

Congratulations to our New 7th Grade Members: Nicholas Abrescia, John Addis, Daralyn Alicea, Delaney Alicea, Nicholas Aramburu, Getsemani Ayala Najera, Maryam Babar, Jordan Badalamenti, Oliver Barrett, Thomas Bass, Ricky Bernabe Cruz, Natalie Biryla, Alex Bogdani, Brooke Bonfante, Marina Bonvicin, Jacob Borysowski, Fern Brazeau, Kate Buckshaw, Alyssa Burke, Sofia Caporusso, Shelly Chen, Jadelyn Cho, Zahra Choudry, Talya Churchman, Connor Cole, Michael Coppola, Kaiet Coraizaca, Jenna Crocco, Kimberly Cruz, Jenna Cullen, Sydney Cusak, Sarah Daniels, Luke Davis, Noelle Decker, Sawyer Diamond, Alexa Dikeakos, Natalie Donahue, Julia Dong, Liana Dreusike, Grace Edwards, Paige Elar, Shelene Farquharson, Michael Finnerty, Gabriella Finochio, Giana Fiorito, Adam Fisch, Lauren Fisher, Hayden Fogel, Natale Fontanetta, Madeline Franz, Angelina Fuller, Morgan Fulcher, Trevor Galgano, Karol Garay, Alexa Gluckstal, Mason Greco, Michaela Grosso, Allison Gudaitis, Noah Halle, Dillon Hartman, Declan Hill, Ryan Hill, Edward Hunter, Ashna Jambavat, Jack Jenkins, Jason Kaiser, Eman Khursand, Angelo Kliampas, Emma Kowalczyk, Ashley Kozlowski, Simeon Kwak, Margaret Lahm, Elizabeth Laregina, Emily Lewin, Mason Lockhart, Dylan Long, Ryan Luebker, Natalia Lutz, Paige MacPherson, Anna Maguire, Alana Marzigliano, Jonathan Matthews, Lorianna Mattutat, Samantha Maxim, Matthew McManus, Cecilia Medina Granados, Tyler Mezadurian, Emely Molina, Daniela Morales, Lilyonna Morales, Colin Murphy, Ariel Neirs, Andrew Noonan, Julianne Panarello, Victoria Pascrell, Alexa Petersen, Jacob Philip, Suzanne Philip, Alexa Rapacciuolo, Samantha Regalado, Emily Rollman, Guadalupe Romero, Emma Rosales, Max Rosen, Hannah Saks, Ryan Saslaw, Shaelyn Scharpf, Elizabeth Schreiber, Grayson Slansky, Melanie Smuss, Jacob Somer, Angelina Todaro, Andrew Torres, Matthew Tuohy, Samantha Unger, Roselyn Vardales, John Villella, Gianna Vozza, Kasey Wagner, Nicole Wittleder, Nicole Yerys, and Marcus Zagorski.

Congratulations to our New 8th Grade Members: Jamie Agenor, James Boccone, Nicholas Bottoni, Mia Brunetti, Leonardo Castro, Brooke Connor, Brianna Conroy, Kathryn Donovan, Amanda Esposito, Isabelle Geribon Sass, Kayla Gonzales, Dahyana Herrera Salazar, Victoria Hocknell, Kate Hoffman, Gabriel Kaloo, Grace Knakal, Cortney La Bella, Jason Parada, Daniella Sotello Guardado, and Rasahn Thompson.

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Excerpt from Principal Smith’s speech: “…What caught my ear was the sermon given by Bishop Michael Curry. The passion in his voice and message transcended the pomp and circumstance of a [Royal] wedding millions tuned in to view.

Not shocking, his sermon was fitting for the moment, a message of love and how powerful it is. His message echoed that of civil rights leader Dr. Martin Luther King, urging us to embrace the power of love.  So you may ask why is this message of love relevant to tonight’s ceremony.  The answer is simple.  Just like the pillars, you will promise to live by tonight, love is a code of ethics to live by. I know many of you reserve this emotion for your family, close friends, and eventually husbands and wives. But what if?  What if we could expand love to include our community, classmates, school, and even strangers.

To open our hearts to better all that surrounds us. To greet each day committing to unconditionally love those that cross our paths. But the one thing about love people do not discuss is that it is hard work.  It is easy to feel love in the most perfect of circumstances; for example a wedding day as with our friends Meghan and Harry. However, to love that guy that just cut you off on the Northern State while on his cell phone, a whole different task.  Let’s be clear. All of you will face challenges, hardship, and struggles. Life will test you. This you cannot control. But what you can control is the way you respond. After all, life is 10% what happens to you and 90% how you react to it. 

To quote Dr. Martin Luther King, “The ultimate measure of a person is not where they stand in moments of comfort and convenience, but where they stand at times of challenge and controversy.”  So I challenge each one of you this evening to be kind, even when it is difficult, push forward even when it seems impossible, and most importantly, love unconditionally."