CHS inducts new National Honor Society members

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Neighbors | Abby Slanker.Canfield High School juniors donned their National Honor Society medals after the school’s annual Induction Ceremony on April 17.


Neighbors | Abby Slanker.Canfield High School junior Brayden Beck was escorted by his parents, George and Caroline Beck, to the National Honor Society Induction Ceremony on April 17.


Neighbors | Abby Slanker.Canfield High School National Honor Society inductees took the NHS Pledge for Membership during the Induction Ceremony on April 17.


Neighbors | Abby Slanker.Chris Jennings, Canfield High School English teacher, was the guest speaker for the school’s annual National Honor Society Induction Ceremony on April 17.


Canfield High School hosted its annual National Honor Society Induction Ceremony on April 17, during which 50 students were honored by the society.

Students inducted into the society included Elisa Accordino, Brayden Beck, Erin Bell, Christine Bennett, Joey Bruno, Marina Campos, Angelo Cestone, Jenna DeLisio, Gabby Demidovich, Shiane Donnaurmmo, Brianna Dunlap, Katie Dysert, Holly Eberly, Jake Fay, Duncan Harlan, Nicholas Hartman, Abigail Havrilla, Camryn Hollendoner, Zoe Kabetso, Chloe Kalina, Sydney Kinkade, Andrea Klempay, Joanna Klika, Layali Kusuni, Annika Lazazzera-Swanson, Karaline Lisowski, Olivia Love, Alex Love, Grace Mangapora, Alexis Mettille, Samuel Moore, Jillian Mt. Castle, Sanjana Nallapaneni, Sophia Neddy, Aiden Orlovsky, Khushi Patel, Audra Pesko, Athena Poullas, Emily Riley-Gomez, Kate Ross, Angelle Russo, Ethan Scalzo, Joe Scolieri, Ava Shapiro, Robert Smallwood, Ayusha Thapa, Ashley Thompson, Seth Velker, Ben Weiss and Riley Wilkins.

The student inductees were escorted by their parents into the auditorium and each student was introduced to an auditorium filled with fellow students, family and friends. They were greeted by Canfield Local Schools Director of Curriculum and Instruction John Tullio and Canfield High School Principal Michael Moldovan.

As the students were introduced, Canfield High School National Honor Society co-advisers Tim Wensel and Mike Ruark greeted each one and presented them with the National Honor Society gold medal, which was placed around their neck. The students then crossed the stage and signed the NHS membership book.

Current senior members of the society spoke on the four Pillars of the National Honor Society. Alexis Bernat spoke on Character, Julia Petrallo spoke on Leadership, Isabella Audia spoke on Service and Claire Berlin spoke on Scholarship.

“Character is making the right little choices each day. Character is doing the right thing even if it costs more than you wanted to pay. Character lies in our own hands,” Bernat told the inductees during her speech, after which she lit the candle for Character.

While speaking about leadership, Petrallo told the students a leader leaves a positive impact.

“A true leader embodies all pillars of National Honor Society. A true leader serves others and leaves a positive impact,” Petrallo said, after which she lit the candle for Leadership.

Audia told the students service looks different to everyone.

“Service looks different to everyone. There is no one right way to serve your community. You will find a cause you are passionate about, and you will go above and beyond without even realizing it. Everyone has a passion and special talents that can be used to help someone,” Audia said before lighting the candle for Service.

In her speech about Scholarship, Berlin told the students Scholarship is more than getting good grades.

“You are truly the top of your class. But how you got there is more than good grades. These students are constantly pushing themselves further, bettering themselves with the knowledge of the world around them. They will continue to push and strive for greatness and their achievements will only grow as they move on with their lives,” Berlin said before lighting the candle for Scholarship.

Chris Jennings, Canfield High School English teacher, was the guest speaker for the ceremony. Jennings told the students to live by the rule of be good to each other.

“Be good to each other. This is my ultimate goal for this year. To be good is to constantly seek knowledge. To be good is to listen to each other and talk to each other and be honest. It’s okay to make mistakes. It’s okay to look to the people around you for help. So, don’t forget to be good to each other,” Jennings said.

Ruark then addressed the audience.

“These students have met and surpassed the requirements to be inducted into National Honor Society. They have spent countless hours studying, taking notes, playing sports, acting in plays, yet they gave their time to help others,” Ruark said.

Ruark thanked the people who helped the students along the way.

“Thank you to the parents, grandparents, special friends, teachers and faculty who have helped, loved and encouraged these students to become the people they are today,” Ruark said.

Ruark awarded the Leadership and Service Award to senior Claire Berlin.

“Over the past four years, Claire has accumulated more than 150 hours of community service,” Ruark said.

Ruark thanked the senior National Honor Society members.

“To the seniors, Mr. Wensel and I have immensely enjoyed working with you. Together, you have accumulated 1,800 hours of community service, served over 900 meal and piloted the After School Haven program. Please join me in thanking the seniors,” Ruark said.

He addressed the inductees.

“To the juniors, it is a privilege and honor to be a member of National Honor Society. With this honor comes great responsibility. Simply, when you find a need in life, fill it,” Ruark said.

Ruark led the new inductees in the National Honor Society Pledge for Membership, after which they received a standing ovation from their parents, grandparents, friends, classmates and teachers.

“Congratulations, I now present to you the newest members of the Canfield National Honor Society Chapter,” Ruark said.

After the ceremony, inductees and guests enjoyed a reception in the cafeteria which included cookies, fresh fruit, pastries, lemonade and coffee.

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