The South Orangetown Middle School National Junior Honor Society inducted sixty-nine seventh-graders and honored its seventy-six current eighth-grade members in a ceremony in the SOMS auditorium last night.
Honor society membership is based on five “pillars”: scholarship, service, leadership, citizenship, and character. Over the course of the school year, NJHS members raised over $3,000 to support organizations including the Make a Wish Foundation, Meals on Wheels, and local non-profit The Penguin Plunge as well as families impacted by the tornadoes in Kentucky and to support those in need in Ukraine. “As a member of the National Junior Honor Society, you will have experiences and opportunities where your efforts are bigger than one individual. We cannot wait to see what you all accomplish next year as a collective effort,” said SOMS Principal Chad Corey, Ed.D.
Penguin Plunge co-founder Barbara Noyes accepted the NJHS donation on behalf of the organization. “Our organization was founded because we wanted to find a way to help local families that were struggling after their child was diagnosed with a severe illness. We cannot thank you enough for working together to raise money to support the two incredible families that we sponsored this year.”
Also recognized during the ceremony was Marisa Nadler, Secretary to the Principal at SOMS. NJHS officers and advisors Jamie Fodor and Kerry Beckmann expressed their gratitude to Nadler for her unwavering support of the NJHS over the years. “We are so grateful for everything you do and we wanted to say thank you for always supporting our efforts,” Beckmann expressed.
Congratulations to all 145 SOMS NJHS members!