National Honor Society inducts new class


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Neighbors | Pam Jadue.Pictured is the newly-inducted junior members of the Fitch High National Honor Society, whose last names gor from Balog to Miller.

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Neighbors | Pam Jadue.Pictured are the newly-inducted junior members of the National Honor Society whose last names are in the second half of the alphabet. The group was inducted Apr. 1.

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Neighbors | Pam Jadue.Guest speaker Jack Betts addresses the assembly of family and friends who attended the Fitch High NHS induction ceremony.

By PAM JADUE

neighbors@vindy.com

Character, scholarship, service and leadership are the four pillars that make up the foundation of the National Honor Society and these were stressed as the new 2010 members participated in the Austintown Fitch chapter’s 72nd induction ceremony April 1 in the Fitch auditorium.

The morning was devoted to recognizing three senior and 70 junior class inductees who were accepted for their outstanding performance in all four areas.

National Honor Society president and Fitch senior April Krempasky welcomed the crowd and spoke to the families and friends gathered for the ceremony. She explained the significance of the four pillars.

“It is a privilege to induct those who have risen above the average, striving for excellence,” she said.

Each new member was introduced by senior members Malissa Lynn and Ashley Bowers who highlighted the scholastic achievements, as well as community involvement and activities of the inductees.

The Austintown Fitch symphonic band, under the direction of Wes O’Connor, and the Fitch concert choir, under the direction of Kay Williams, performed during the ceremony.

This year, the NHS members invited retired Austintown Fitch English teacher Jack Betts to be the guest speaker. He entertained and inspired the students as he spoke of the new inductees, their accomplishments so far and their futures. Betts became an honorary member of the society 12 years ago,

He suggested that these were the young people who could possibly work to find cures and solve world problems.

“You are looking at the people who will go out and change this world for the better.”

Each year, the Austintown chapter of the National Honor Society honors a Fitch faculty member for service above and beyond the call of duty. This year’s honorary inductee was high school math teacher and girls varsity soccer coach Carlo Trafficante, whose family surprised him by attending the event.

“He is a lifelong Austintown resident who has been a strong presence in the classroom and on the soccer field. He strengthens our knowledge base and understanding of math. He has transformed every team he has coached,” said Fitch senior Ashley Bowers.

According to his father, Trafficante was unaware that he had been chosen for the honor.

The chapter has a five-member board who work with Principal Doug McGlynn and Adviser Heather Carcelli to set standards for induction and participation. Those students who are inducted are expected to give back to their school and community through service and will meet throughout the year.

Attending the event and recognizing the achievements of these students were Superintendent Vincent Colaluca and Austintown Board of Education members.

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