South Orangetown Central School District

The South Orangetown Middle School National Junior Honor Society inducted sixty-six seventh-graders and honored its sixty-nine current eighth-grade members in a ceremony in the SOMS auditorium on May 24.

Honor society membership is based on five “pillars”: scholarship, service, leadership, citizenship, and character. The SOMS Excelsior Chapter of the National Junior Honor Society (NJHS) is led by advisors Eric Goldstein and Kerry Beckmann. “Mr. Goldstein and I are both so proud of our graduating members— they leave with an example of academic achievement and outstanding service to our school and community. We wish them the best of luck in TZHS and hope that they continue their legacy of service for others. We also look forward to working with our new seventh grade inductees next year—their applications and academic records show that they are an outstanding group and we expect that they will continue to live up to the NJHS pillars of scholarship, service, leadership, citizenship and character,” said Beckmann.

Over the course of the school year, NJHS members raised over $2,000 to support organizations including People to People, Meals on Wheels, the Make a Wish Foundation and local non-profit The Penguin Plunge. Penguin Plunge co-founder Barbara Noyes accepted the NJHS donation on behalf of the organization and thanked members for their support.

During the ceremony, SOMS eighth grader and NJHS Secretary Miriam G. was recognized for winning the 2023 National Junior Honor Society Outstanding Achievement Award. She was selected as one of 500 students nationwide to receive this award for her exceptional service this year.

Congratulations to all 135 SOMS NJHS members!

NJHS Induction