WEST ORANGE, NJ — Forty-six West Orange High School juniors were inducted into the National Honor Society in a May 15 ceremony. The event was organized by co-advisors Anna D’Elia and Gregory Saul, along with the outgoing NHS officers: President Michael McCullom, Vice President Sessina Dani, secretary Orianna Carter and treasurer Ryan Retino.
McCullom led the students in the National Honor Society oath: “I pledge myself to uphold the high purposes of the National Honor Society to which I have been selected. I will be true to the principles for which it stands, I will be loyal to my school, and will maintain and encourage high standards of scholarship, service, leadership and character.”
Principal Hayden Moore welcomed students, teachers and family members to the ceremony, which is built upon the four pillars of scholarship, leadership, service and character. The National Honor Society was established in 1921 to uphold these values. Students must complete an application and essay, and have a grade-point average of 3.55 or higher for consideration into the NHS.
Math teacher Mark Navata, himself a West Orange High School graduate, received the Most Influential Teacher Award. Each year, NHS inductees write essays describing their favorite teacher and Navata, who also coaches the girls’ and boys’ swim teams, received the award.
“It is you who inspire me,” Navata said. “It is an honor working with these fine young men and women and having the opportunity to teach and coach them.”
“Tonight we congratulate and recognize several of our juniors and seniors for their outstanding academic performance, leadership and dedication to community service,” Moore said. “The administration is very proud of these students, and their strong work ethic has set the bar high for future Mountaineers. Special congratulations to those that helped them get to this moment — you, their families.”
The 2019 National Honor Society inductees are: Gita Anand, Devin Andrada, Isabella Angeles, Kevon Atkins, Emily Baker, Kaia Baker, Simone Byun, Olivia Callender, Yamilee Chavez, Anna Cordova, Ruth Donagher, Jackson Edwards, Damilare FemiAkanbi, Anika Fernandes, Darlene Folas, Keren Gouin Dominguez, Safiya Graham, Gustav Hall, Indigo Jackson, Cassidy Joyce, Alexandra Kicior, Vanassa Lafleur, Nadia LaMar, Lindsay Levine, Massimo McCormick, Chloe Mengden, Imani Miller, Elijah Millington, Natalie Nevins, Ogechi Nwobu, Karin Palomino, Mecca Pryor, Gabriel Reyna, Olivia Robalino, Rebecca Salkin, Shrey Sanghvi, Sophia Scholz, William Shick, Bryan Singer, Arthi Sivendra, Mellany Smith, Daniela Tacuri Andrade, Maya Tobin, Ramone Vargas-Eugene, Maria Winning and Brett Zeligson.
Photos Courtesy of WOSD