On Tuesday evening, Jan. 15, 36 Haldane High School students were inducted into the school’s chapter of the National Honor Society (NHS) in a ceremony which took place at the Taconic Outdoor Education Center. After welcoming remarks from math teacher and NHS advisor Lou Sassano, Haldane High School Principal Brian Alm spoke of the honor and responsibility inherent in this designation.
Four seniors were installed as NHS officers and each spoke of one of the four pillars of the NHS: Kieran Austin (president) talked about leadership; Shauna Ricketts (vice president), service; Clayton Smith (secretary), character; and John Hughes (treasurer), scholarship. Each lit a candle representing that quality and then each new NHS member was called up and lit a candle as well. After recitation of the NHS pledge, closing remarks were given by departing Haldane Superintendent Mark Villanti, in one of his final school-related activities.
New NHS members are: Matthew Balducci, Jonathan Clemente, Peter Close, Catherine Drotar, Henry Dul, Jordan Erickson, Hannah Frith, Samantha-Leigh Ford, Tanner Froats, Gianna Galazzo, Clifford Geller, Tyler Giachinta, Cameron Henderson, Ramsey Heitmann, Tucker Hine, Peter Hoffmann, Johanna Patricia Iniguez, Sara Jacoby, Joseph Kanlong, Ryan McCollum, Wylie McDonald, Carina Meng, Fiona Mueller, Cooper Nugent, Julia Olsen, Brigit O’Malley, Paige O’Toole, Emmanuelle Palikuca, Vivian Panayotou, Lian Petrie, Samantha Ricketts, John Swartzwelder, Vanessa Uribe, Kelly Vahos, Trevor van Brunt and Marcus Zimmermann.