The Bethel Park High School Chapter of the National Honor Society inducted 62 new members, including one senior, 11 juniors and 50 sophomores, at a ceremony which was held on Wednesday, April 19 in the Bethel Park High School auditorium.
To be eligible for induction, students had to have a 3.85 cumulative GPA, perform a minimum of 35 hours of community service over the course of one year prior to induction, demonstrate leadership and submit two letters of recommendation from Bethel Park High School faculty. Applicants also had to write an essay explaining how he or she embodies the four pillars of the National Honor Society--Character, Scholarship, Leadership and Service.
Participating in the Induction Ceremony were senior Alyssa Bradley and juniors Kariane Coffield, Andrew Davis, Elaine Drahusz, Jeffrey Hart, Kalie Kuss, Jillian Loeffelbein, William May, Elizabeth Murphy, Bailey Sims, Connor Wholey and Sam Wilhelm.
Sophomores Eliza Albenze, Mason Bussard, Eli Collavo, Sean Conroy, Will Coplan, Natalie DiGiorno, Macey Eckert, Maggie Fertal, Kyleigh Flood, Lori Gatz, Alyssa George, Riley Gloeckl, Regan Gray, Blake Hagerty, Morgan Heller, Julia Herrman and Rachel Holt were also inducted.
Additionally, Patra Hsu, Benjamin Hultz, Samantha Huwe, Abigail Kauric, Jaclyn Kogler, Jessie Kogler, Emily Kraska, Anthony Lucchitti, Ashlyn Lutton, Katelyn Marcovecchio, Will Martin-Farmer, Taylor Morosetti, Sarah Pellis, Jenna Peretin, Emma Petrick, Lindsay Pfab and William Rooney were inducted.
Also inducted were Desiree Saether, Kiersten Schultz, Isabella Sciullo, Alexa Sepesky, Kelly Shelpman, Julianne Stein, Sabrina Swetoha, Victoria Swetoha, Erin Thompson, Sarah Thompson, Ryan Tischler, Holly Troesch, Jerry Varghese, Evan Welsh, Kara Wentz and Alexa Will.
Also recognized was junior Maggie Dillman, a new-to-Bethel Park High School NHS member.
Speaking on the four pillars of the National Honor Society were seniors Courtney Manns, who spoke on Character; Megan McClary, Scholarship; Nathan Makowski, Leadership and Samuel Gobbie, Service. Also addressing the audience was NHS President Jeffrey Hoffmann, who encouraged this year's inductees to use NHS as a tool to help them develop as individuals who would make a difference in the lives of others.
This year’s Keynote Speaker was Dr. Jay Apt, retired NASA Astronaut and current Professor at Carnegie Mellon University, who spoke about four NASA Astronauts he knew who embodied each of the four NHS Pillars. He concluded his talk by asking the students to use the tenets of the four pillars to help them prepare as best as they can for anything that life has in store for them. "The things you are going to see in the next 50 years are going to be terrific," he concluded. "Don't let it fail because of you."
Some of the community service projects the NHS coordinated this school year included volunteering at a soup kitchen, making blankets and conducting a food drive.
Bethel Park High School Science Teacher Sean O’Brien is the Faculty Advisor to the National Honor Society.
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