South Orangetown Central School District

Tappan Zee High School’s chapter of the National Honor Society inducted 73 new members in a ceremony this evening. “I’m beyond thrilled that we get to celebrate with students in person and that their families are able to join us in acknowledging their achievements over the past few years,” reflected NHS advisor and science teacher Nicole Lai.

The ceremony was led by chapter Co-Presidents Brianna S and Kara D., Vice President Diana Kim and Secretary Tori Pernick, who spoke about scholarship, leadership, character and service–the four pillars of the NHS.

“National Honor Society highlights students who are exceptional, and it’s gratifying to see how many other students go the extra mile,” Brianna noted.

Kara added that “being able to serve our community through tutoring and other service projects throughout the pandemic” had been particularly fulfilling for herself and others.

The NHS is a selective organization; academically eligible juniors and seniors must apply for admission. Applicants must have a minimum weighted cumulative GPA of 94.500 and document sufficient leadership, character and service as part of the application process. “National Honor Society members are chosen for their exemplary contributions to the school and community. We are very proud to recognize these outstanding members of our student body,” said NHS co-advisor and science teacher Nicole Farish.

In addition to the new inductees, senior members Katrina P., Tessa R., Grace K., Tia M., Riley R., Zahra S. and Rayna S. were recognized for outstanding leadership, character and service. Due to social distancing space constraints, the chapter’s 53 senior members will be celebrated in a separate ceremony next spring.

The chapter honored TZHS English teacher Bridget Erickson and Math teacher Seth Resnikoff with Special Teacher Awards for their dedication, encouragement and profound impact on current NHS members.

Principal Rudy Arietta encouraged inductees to reflect. “Congratulations on a job well done. We’re especially proud of the things you’ve done to get here–academically and through service and leadership in and out of school. Reflect on what got you here and commit to continuing to those practices and you’ll make your teachers, families and yourselves proud,” he said.

Congratulations, inductees and honorees!

2021 National Honor Society new inductees