National Junior Honor Society Induction at Sparta Middle School

Credits: Jennifer Dericks
National Junior Honor Society members of the class of 2014 played music for the ceremony. Credits: Jennifer Dericks
Credits: Jennifer Dericks
Credits: Jennifer Dericks
Credits: Jennifer Dericks
Credits: Jennifer Dericks
Credits: Jennifer Dericks

SPARTA, NJ- Sparta Middle School held the second National Junior Honor Society Induction ceremony on Monday, June 16.   There were 15 students inducted in front of family and friends, on the stage in the middle school cafeteria. 

The first class of inductees, currently in the eighth grade, took the lead role in the conducting the ceremony, welcoming the current class into their elite group.  The program began with Eileen Huhn playing the cello and Erin Walsh the violin, both were inducted last year.  James Apostolico was the Master of Ceremonies.  He introduced Kayla Edwards to lead the Flag Salute.  Principal Doug Layman welcomed the students and their families, talking about his own experience volunteering as a high school senior.  Next, the current NJHS President, Zosia Canzoniero gave an introduction to NJHS. 

The Principals of the National Honor Society were described in a candle lighting ceremony; Haily Mead talked about Scholarship, Bridget Hilgendorff spoke of Leadership, Victoria Heim covered Service, Paige Smith explained Citizen and Julia Liland finished with Character. 

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The seventh grade inductees then took the pledge and received their certificates and pins from Vice Principals Tracy Rivera and Brad Davis.  The students in the2015 class of NJHS inductees are;

  • Derek Campbell,
  • Matthew Dumbroff,
  • Kate Fontes,
  • Ryan Hayes,
  • Sylvia Kloian,
  • Simon Levien,
  • Sofia Mase,
  •  Nicholas Matkiwsky,
  • Hailey O’Connor,
  • Samantha Pation,
  • Lomaani Ranasinghe,
  •  Garrett Stewart,
  • Hannah Transier,
  • Sarah West,
  • Julia Young

Advisors Robert Gilmartin and Theresa Gleason began the program with Layman last year.  They explained the process for identifying NJHS inductees began by inviting more than 20 students who qualified because of their Grade Point Average, earning an A- or better in every course during the year or a B or better in an honors course. Those students were invited to complete an application.  There was a committee of five teachers who spent several hours reviewing the applications to make the final selection.  The committee was looking for strength in Service, Leadership, Character and Citizenship.  Information about the process that is published on the middle school web page indicates there is no limit to the number of students who will ultimately receive an invitation, stating that “there is no quota or percentage of membership. All students that meet the criteria for selection will be inducted regardless of the number.”

Layman stressed that community service was an integral part of NJHS.  Some of the service projects undertaken by the students included serving as guides at career day, baking 60 dozen cookies for Project Self-Sufficiency, donations to the food pantry, supporting Father English Community Center and Tilly’s Kids.  Outside of school the students also participated in projects through church and scouts. 

"As these students take the next step in their educational careers, we look forward to see them continue to take on leadership roles in the school and community," said Layman.




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