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2017 National Honors Society Induction

by Matt Ristaino
May 27, 2017

The 63rd annual induction into the Aristos Chapter of the National Honors Society took place at Holliston High School on Tuesday. 29 new members were inducted during the ceremony, along with the 53 re-inductees who have been members for at least a year.

The ceremony included the induction of an honorary member to the society, an honor that is given to an individual who has had a profound impact on the school or the community. This year’s honorary member is William Wechsler, a counselor at Holliston High School. Mr. Wechsler was the advisor for the Students Against Destructive Decisions club and organized the Senior Showcase each year. He also leads the FOCUS program, which supports students returning to school after an extended absence due to illness or hospitalization.

Mr. Wechsler receives his honorary membership, presented by senior Jamie Ogilvie

There were also speeches by Holliston High School principal Nicole Bottomley and superintendent Brad Jackson, congratulating the inductees. Senior Nate Haywood then spoke about what being a member of NHS has meant to him for the last two years. He talked about the quality and dedication of the members of NHS, as well as some of the events he helped organize at the senior center.

Senior Nate Haywood giving his speech 

The club’s officers, Co-Presidents Mikaela Mari and Ryan Vazza, Vice-President Sophie Brown, Secretary Ashley Fondo, and Treasurer Benjamin Dooley, all spoke about the four pillars that serve as the foundation of NHS: character, leadership, scholarship, and service. NHS members demonstrate and exemplify these four characteristics in their daily lives.

NHS Secretary Ashley Fondo

Members of NHS must complete thirty hours of community service during each school year, as well as organize a leadership project focused on community service. Some recent events organized by members include the first ever spring pep-rally at the high school, a teacher’s night out, and the first 5K run/walk for ALS, which took place last weekend.

“The club has several events throughout the year that all members participate in,” said Jaime Murphy, the faculty advisor for NHS. “Members are incredibly active in the community and do a lot to support not only their school but their town as well.”

Faculty advisor Jamie Murphy speaking during the induction ceremony

In order to apply to become a member of NHS, students must be a sophomore and have a QPA (weighted GPA) of at least 28. Applicants must then create a portfolio that involves multiple essays, a leadership project proposal, and an overview of their previous service projects and leadership positions. The applications are then reviewed by the Faculty Council, who determine which applicants get accepted for membership. Any sophomore applicants who are rejected are allowed to apply again as juniors.

Here are the names of the 29 new members that were inducted Tuesday night:

Class of 2018: Georgie King, Grace Lucey

Class of 2019: Neeha Alturu, Abha Athawale, Haley Carey, Madeline Cerulli, Harsh Choudhary, Riley Clyde, Ian Davis, Scott Elliott, Braedon Feddersen, William Flanagan, Brooke Geoffroy, Caterina Giulianini, Laura Keen, Julia Giusti-Kizik, Grace Kocur, Aidan Krantz, Hannah Magoon, Elise Miller, Katherine North, Michael O’Sullivan, Lucas Pocher, Lauren Salley, Jessie Shen, Kipling Stopa, Kylie Warren, Margaret Young, Dana Zapolin


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