Long Beach High School inducted 116 students into the National Honor Society’s Arista Chapter during a ceremony on Nov. 8. NHS members demonstrate the organization’s four key values of service, scholarship, leadership and character throughout their school and community.
After the inductees entered the auditorium, NHS advisor Jeanne O’Shea-Saroka welcomed guests and shared opening remarks. NHS president Benjamin Armus, Board of Education President Dr. Dennis Ryan and Superintendent of Schools Dr. Jennifer Gallagher also addressed the students and families.
NHS officers Gabrielle Pine, Victoria Lugo, Maryn Ascher and Samantha Addeo illuminated the symbols of leadership, character, service and scholarship candles, respectively.
The NHS annually recognizes a role model with the honorary membership distinction. Officers Lucas Pace and Samantha Addeo presented this year’s honoree, Brian Petschauer.
The Chamber Orchestra and Soundwaves ensembles provided musical entertainment during the event. Inductees were applauded and Principal Jeffrey Myers led them in reciting the National Honor Society pledge.
“Becoming a member of NHS is a wonderful achievement for which each of you should be very proud,” Ms. O’Shea-Saroka said. “Not only have you earned academic scholarship by maintaining a 90 or above grade point average, but you have been recognized by the faculty and staff of our school for demonstrating excellence in the areas of character, leadership and service. Please think of this induction as not only a celebration, but as an opportunity to be a leader in your school and community.”