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Thirty inducted into VHS National Honor Society

Thirty Vineland High School students achieved the highest honor bestowed on an American high school scholar – acceptance into the National Honor Society – on Wednesday.

The ceremony was held in the auditorium of VHS South, before an audience of parents, family members, and friends.

On stage and lit only by the candles they held, the new NHS members took the oath of office, administered by Kimberly Rivera, VHS Assistant Principal.

To qualify for the National Honor Society, students must have an 86 average or higher in all subjects and show outstanding participation in extra-curricular activities, according to Suzette DeMarchi, VHS principal. Nominees must also demonstrate leadership ability, have an outstanding record of community service and an excellent attendance record. Leadership is based on the student's participation in two or more community or school activities, or election to an office, she said. To meet the service requirement, the student must have been active in three or more service projects in the school and community. Character is measured in terms of integrity, behavior, ethics, and cooperation with both students and faculty. Citizenship is assessed by the student's participation in civic-related organizations and/or activities. A student may, therefore, have a very high academic average and still fail to be elected to the NHS if he does nothing for his school or community or if he shows characteristics that are undesirable. “Admission to this prestigious organization is the greatest honor for a high school student,” DeMarchi said. “Thank you for embracing the four pillars of the National Honor Society. Your unwavering character, your commitment to scholarship, your dedication to service, and development of leadership are all inspiring and critically important to who you are.”

Representing the district's administration was Alfonso Llano, Superintendent of Schools.

“I look forward to celebrating and encouraging these exceptional stars to continue excellence in their future endeavors both at Vineland High School and beyond.”

Urvi Patel, president, spoke on the highlights of the group’s year so far, including the many community service and school-based volunteer programs in which they have participated. Following Patel, the other officers then spoke about the ideals of the organization. Primisha Patel, vice president, talked about scholarship; Stephanie Cardona, secretary, described the organization’s dedication to service; Rodrick-Josh Zapanta, treasurer, spoke about leadership; and Jenna Carlson, historian, talked about character. 

Olusayo Sode, president of the Applied Math and Science Academy National Junior Honor Society, spoke on behalf of the 59 middle school students inducted into that organization on November 15. He highlighted the qualities and character traits that the NJHS and NHS members embody.

“NHS is something that constantly encourages you to be a better version of yourself every single day. And to be a person that does the right thing. You shouldn’t wait for the next person to do the right thing; let that person be you.”

After the traditional candle-lighting ceremony, the inductees continued with a recently-introduced tradition. With last year’s inductees sitting on one side of the stage and the new inductees on the other, both groups processed to the front of the stage, with the second-year members presenting the new members with their chords. New members then proceeded to sign their names in the NHS book and received a certificate. Assisting in that portion of the ceremony were principal Suzette DeMarchi and vice-principals Justin Adams, Jacqueline Alvarez, Jarrod Headley, Kristina Craig, and Kim Rivera. 

The inductees include:

Officers - Urvi Patel, Primisha Patel, Stephanie Cardona, Rodrick-Josh Zapanta, Jenna Carlson

Two-year members - Jose Gabriel Castro, Yahira Cuevas Beteta, Angelena Druker, Rohit Dutta, Christina Marie Rodriguez, Francis Reuss, Ryan Russo, Karly Smaniotto, Nicole Stanker, Christina Zheng

New Inductees - Sadie Barbera, Shaniya Broughton, Madison Cantoni, Najvir Dhinju, Ruth Elahi, Matthew Garcillano, Angel Marrero, Sophia Nelson, Matthew Neri, Austin Nordberg, Ryan Pollock, Alek Raimonde, Hannah Rasmussen, Katherine Rasmussen, Moesharlynn Torto

The event was videotaped by VPS Broadcasting and will air on Comcast Channel 9 and Verizon FIOS Channel 41 at a later date. It can also be viewed on our YouTube channel here: