Education

National English Honor Society Inducts 16; Awards Cords to Graduating Seniors

May 29, 2014 at 6:17 PM

WEST ORANGE, NJ - On May 28, 'Escriptus,' the National English Honor Society at West Orange High School, inducted 16 juniors for the 2014-2015 year and presented cords to 14 graduating seniors in a touching and emotional ceremony.

Unlike some other Honor Societies, 'Escriptus', meaning to write, has rigorous requirements for membership, including straight A's in all Honors or above English classes for freshman, sophomore, and junior years; an interview/application process, and submitted writing samples. To receive the coveted Escriptus cord at graduation, seniors must help to organize the popular Poetry Out Loud competition in the Spring along with other events and have at least three pieces published during the year.

"This is family," said Tynia Thomassie, who, along with teacher Molly Wachtel are faculty advisers for the  Escriptus Society. "We want everyone to know a little more about our members."

Sign Up for E-News

Outgoing President Shreya Anand addressed the group and Tavel Findlater and Melissa Hinojosa shared written pieces pertinent to the evening. Junior Isabel Kaspriskie, who is completing a scholarship at Julliard, performed on the french horn.

Thomassie then called up each senior to receive their cord and shared information about them, personalizing the process and lending an emotional impact to the evening not usually seen in other honor society inductions. The personal descriptions, peppered with recollections written by the students themselves, brought laughter as well as tears to the audience.

The juniors were then called forward and as they signed the Escriptus book, Thomassie shared information about them as well. After they were sworn in, the students participated in a group poem recitation that they created to underscore their selected year's theme of "The Impact of Literature."

Cory Wong was sworn in as 2014-2015 Escriptus President and Belle Zhang as Secretary.

In addition to parents and family members, the Language Arts teaching staff was present at the induction, including Language Arts 9-12 Supervisor Karen Perry and four recently retired Language Arts teachers, Dr. Lynn Haims, Mrs. Maryann McGonigle, Mrs. Sandi Van Dyke, and Mrs. Rita Wojchik. The passing of America's poet, Maya Angelou, was emotionally noted.

The motto of Escriptus, now in its fifth year, was underscored throughout the evening: "Gelast sceal mid are," old English for "Duty goes with Honor."

Graduating 2014 Escriptus seniors: Kevin Aghaei, Shreya Anand, Susannah Crowell, Jalisa Delauney, Tavel Findlater, Tavene Finslater, Alex Goldman, Melissa Hinojosa, Aliya Jaber, Sania Kamran (Secretary), Nkeiruka Nwobu, Michael Porcaro, and April Pratt.

2014-2015 Escriptus inductees: Emily Ali, Dominique Berger, Margaret Brown, Andrew Cumming, Evan Easterling, Eli Elman, Jacqueline Joy, Isabel Kaspriskie, Anna Lackey, Alison Lawler, Michael Leonardis, Michaela Marconi, Anastasia Meccia, Cory Wong, Maya Younker, and Belle Zhang.

 

TAP Into Another Town's News:

TAP Into Another Town's News:

Sign Up for E-News

West Orange

Livingston's Elves Celebrate with Area Residents as Camuso Holiday Display is Lit

December 7, 2016

LIVINGSTON, NJ – Known throughout Livingston as the former editor of the “West Essex Tribune” and a longtime member of the planning board and other committees, Nancy and Richard Dinar, alongside their family, had the honor of officially lighting the Camuso display at the Livingston Memorial Oval on Saturday.

The evening was highlighted by a performance from the Livingston ...

Randolph's Brendan Fletcher Reaches Top 8 on NBC’s “The Voice”

December 4, 2016

LOS ANGELES, CA - “And though the course may change sometimes, rivers always reach the sea,” Led Zepplin, Ten Years Gone

After years of changing his course, living in New Jersey, Boston, Brooklyn, and Charleston, all while singing in small local bars, at open mic nights, and working as a bartender to make ends meet, Randolph’s Brendan Fletcher always ...

Upcoming Events

Sat, December 10, 11:00 AM

West Orange

Playhouse Preschool Open House

Education

Tue, December 13, 12:00 PM

The Cora Hartshorn Arboretum and Bird Sanctuary, Short Hills

Turtle Tots Program Returns to the Cora Hartshorn ...

Education Green

Carousel_image_5094ec48d735cc739d3e_princeton

Tue, December 13, 6:00 PM

The Westin Princeton At Forrestal Village, Princeton

ACG NJ Announces Princeton Event December 13th, ...

Arts & Entertainment Business & Finance Food & Drink

Andy’s Family Music Showcases Alex Weiss on Drums

LIVINGSTON, NJ — Andy’s Family Music Center of Livingston is proud to highlight 11-year-old Alex Weiss, a fifth grader at Collins Elementary School with an aptitude for drums.

Alex studies drums at Andy’s under the instruction of Joe Vitello. He says hid favorite band is Fall Out Boy and that his dad is his number one musical influence.

Check him out in the video ...

Q/A With Owners of Meadowbrook Country Day Camp

Recently, the owners of Meadowbrook Country Day Camp, Dan Milman and George Stein, took part in a fun Question and Answer session. Below are the questions and their responses. To learn more about Milman, Stein and Meadowbrook, click here to read a recent article that ran on TApinto.net.

WHEN YOU HEAR THE WORD CAMP, WHAT VISUAL COMES TO MIND?

George: A six lb.

What's in a Name?

Sign here:   ________________________________

 

And here and here and here.  Initial these five boxes.  Then sign right here and over here stating that you understand that you are signing something you haven’t read.  And on the last page please sign and date this disclaimer stating that you are fully responsible for signing and dating this document even if you ...

Beckerman’s Theory of Everything

Any armchair theoretical physicist knows that Stephen Hawking has pursued a lifelong quest to come up with a Theory of Everything. This all-encompassing theory would tie together general relativity (large scale and high mass galaxies, stars, etc), quantum theory (quantum mechanics, quarks, atoms, subatomic particles), and Newtonian physics (gravity on small bodies, gas laws, electromagnetism) to ...

‘A Child’s Christmas in Wales' Captures Old-Fashioned Nostalgia at Shakespeare Theatre

MADISON, NJ – It’s clear the Welsh love to sing as the evening moves on with relatives gathering for Christmas dinner at the Thomas home in Wales.

The play opens with three children and then a chorus singing “In the bleak midwinter, frosty wind made moan,” a melancholy tune that conjures visions of Swansea, a village in Wales,  with “fallen snow on ...