DENNIS TOWNSHIP – Twenty-five township students were inducted into the National Junior Honor Society, based on their academic performance, community involvement and extracurricular activities, school officials said.

In addition to taking part in Honor Society activities this spring, including a celebratory luncheon, the 15 eighth-grade and 10 seventh-grade students are expected to complete a community service project, they said.

“We have a wonderful group of students selected to be in the Honor Society, both for academic and community involvement,” said Monica DiVito, guidance counselor and NJHS advisor.

DiVito said she believes the inductees will act as role models for other Dennis Township students, especially those in lower grades, and hopes that bringing seventh-grade students into the group will provide some continuity each year.

After being welcomed and introduced by Superintendent Mark Miller and Principal Jamie VanArtsdalen, the inductees read aloud the five NJHS characteristics as their peers lit candles representing those traits: scholarship, leadership, service, character and citizenship.

Once completed, the students received a certificate, pin and carnation.

Refreshments were served after the ceremony, provided by Betteann Kerr and Kathy Pittaluga.

The ceremony, held before an audience of friends, family and school staff, is an important part of being inducted into the society, VanArtsdalen said.

“I am so proud of these students and I'm happy their parents and families get to see our appreciation for their hard work and dedication to being both good students and involved members of the community,” she said.

Dennis Township School District 2017 National Junior Honor Society inductees include: Raymond Bozarth, Quinn Carlson, Emma Covarrubias, Julia Daino, Suzanna Dietrich, Ava Elisano, Mackenzie Enteado, Kaitlin Frazier, Kate Herlihy, Aidan Hofmann, Alexis Jamison, James Kessler, Madeleine McCurdy, Paige McCurdy, Caitlin McGurk, Holly McGurk, Joshua Mendyk, Sayde Nichols, Samantha Payne, Georgia Roache, Charlotte Selover, Joel Sheptock, Grace Thompson, Jordan Tomlin, and Ryan Turner.

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