High School Inducts Newest NHS Members

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On March 12, the high school inducted 34 new members into the district’s chapter of the National Honor Society. Joining family and friends to recognize the students for their outstanding efforts in the areas of scholarship, service, leadership and character were David Flatley, Carle Place superintendent of schools; Christine Finn, assistant superintendent for instruction and personnel; Thomas DePaola, Carle Place High School principal; Gerald Baratta, Carle Place High School assistant principal; and NHS advisers Alice Jacoby and Dr. Steven Leffler. With only 85 students in the 11th grade, the inductees make up 40 percent of the class.

“The National Honor Society is a great organization at Carle Place, and being inducted into it is one of the highest achievements,” said DePaola in his address to the inductees. “Tonight is a wonderful tribute to the success you have had and to the success you will have in the future.”

Superintendent Flatley spoke to students about making the most of their potential and the inherent gifts they have been given. “To those whom much is given, much is expected,” he said. “We expect you use your gifts and talents to support and guide us as you become the leaders of our school.”

“Our students are consistently recognized as high-achieving, making a positive impact on the school and community,” said Jacoby. “The purpose of this organization is to create enthusiasm for scholarship, stimulate a desire to render service, promote leadership and develop character in the students in secondary schools. This honor, recognized throughout the nation, is both a public recognition of accomplishment and a private commitment to continue toward excellence on the part of each new member.”
 
NHS President Kimberly Santos, along with advisers Daniel Alleva (secretary), Alexandra Ferreira (vice president), Jorge Lima (parliamentarian) and Jillian Mannarino (treasurer), led the candlelighting ceremony and assisted with the official induction of the members, which included a group pledge. Richard Stein, fine and performing arts teacher at Carle Place Middle School and High School, concluded the evening with a speech and musical presentation.