KENWOOD — The 2014 National Honor Society induction ceremony was held at 6:15 p.m. April 10 in the Penns Manor High School auditorium.
The ceremony opened with Aimee Kirsch playing “Turning” while the current members and new inductees processed down the aisles. Megan Yeckley led the Pledge of Allegiance, and then treasurer JT Horwat led the invocation.
When the members, inductees and guests were seated, Audrey Aikins, president of NHS, gave a welcome address and a brief history of the organization. Horwat was then called back to the podium to recognize the current members: Aikins, Eden Bailey, Julie Bardroff, Devon Bratton, James Conway, Sarah DaBella, Meagan Hilty, Horwat, Claire Kirsch, Ashley Long, Ethan Marshall, Devin McClain, Tara Miller, Monica Phillips, John Rizzo, Mary Roach, Kaylee Roles, John Stupic and Megan Yeckley.
Next, Bratton and Roles recognized the new members: Lydia Bougher, Gabrielle Coy, Sheree Elgin, Brody Halliwell, Morgan Johnston, Meagan Lydic, Seth Peterman, Jessica Polenik, Kendra Smith, Abigail Spiaggi and Emma Tomayko. Hilty then gave a brief description of the NHS induction ceremony.
The ceremony continued with the lighting of a candle, and individual speeches on each of the four pillars of the National Honor Society were recited.
Claire Kirsch gave the first speech on scholarship; DaBella followed with a speech on leadership; Aikins gave her speech on service; and Miller gave a speech on the importance of character. Conway lit each new member’s candle, signaling their induction to the society. McClain, a senior, then offered a welcome address to the new members.
Next, Jamie Cortazzo, the adviser for the organization, read the names of the new members as they received an official National Honor Society certificate, presented by Daren Johnston, acting superintendent; Michelle Dolges, acting principal; and Kristen Zeglen, assistant principal. The members were then presented with an NHS membership card and lapel pin. Stupic gave the benediction and then Aimee Kirsch played “Hall of Fame” for the recessional.
A reception was held immediately after, offering a time for the members to mingle and to celebrate this amazing accomplishment with their families and friends.