Schools and Libraries
May 13, 2014
The month of May marked two special honor society induction ceremonies in Long Beach Public Schools. On May 1, the Long Beach High School Arista Chapter of the National Honor Society welcomed 108 new members. New members of the Long Beach Middle School National Junior Honor Society were inducted on May 7.
The high school initiates, taken from the ranks of the sophomore and junior classes, were chosen based on their ability to meet the society's standards with regard to scholarship, leadership, character and service. They will join their fellow members in upholding these principles by contributing their time and talents to better their school and local community through volunteer activities, civic involvement and adherence to the highest standards of academics, morality and ethics.
A candle lighting ceremony, officiated by NHS officers and faculty coordinator Nora Bellsey, highlighted the four ideals of the society. Each new member was asked to come to the stage to light a candle as a symbol of his or her commitment to uphold those ideals. Math teacher David Prince was chosen as this year's recipient of an honorary membership, in recognition of his dedication to his profession and the students of Long Beach High School.
The festivities included vocal selections by the high school jazz and show choir, conducted by Michael Capobianco, as well as an instrumental performance by the high school string ensemble.
"We are celebrating not just your grades, but the sum of you," said Ms. Bellsey. "We celebrate not just the numbers that the world views as important, but the quality of you. We celebrate your scholarship and academic success, your leadership and example and your sacrifice in serving your community."
Over the course of the year, under the leadership of officers Madison Landau, Stephanie Lerner, Jamie Morgenstern, Yasmine Resnick, Kim Trabulsi and Eliza Simons, National Honor Society members have served their community in many ways. They have acted as ambassadors for the Give Kids a Smile program, assisted at an Empty Bowls event to help the Long Beach Soup Kitchen, participated in a movie night to support the Long Island Toy Lending Center and helped support the Christmas angels. Members also volunteered countless hours as tutors, coaches and ushers for school events. Among the upcoming spring service events are a Badminton for Breast Cancer tournament, a scholarship car wash, Blue and White Night to support Alex's Lemonade, and providing babysitting services at the Parent Academy.
Long Beach Middle School's National Junior Honor Society welcomed 103 new seventh- and eighth-grade members in an induction ceremony steeped in pride and long-held tradition. Executive board members Chrysalis Mandell, Lindsey Rudtner, Blaise Derenze, Jesse Scott and Claire Ezratty lit five candles symbolizing the ideals of scholarship, service, leaderships, character and citizenship that form the foundation of the NJHS. The inductees were called individually to the stage to receive certificates acknowledging membership and took the oath to uphold the high standards of the NJHS. In addition to achieving impressive grades, members have reached beyond the classroom to volunteer their time and talents to benefit the Long Beach Public Library, Long Beach Reach, John Theissen Children's Foundation. They participated in breast cancer fundraising, bay cleanups, church activities, snow shoveling, babysitting. They also packed Thanksgiving baskets acted as guides and escorts for school events.
"We have made service to the community more than just a commitment or requirement," said Chrysalis. "We have made it a way of life."â€¨â€¨