CLARK, NJ - Scholarship, Leadership, Service, Character; are the four pillars of the National Honor Society. On Tuesday February 25, 2020, the Arthur L. Johnson High School Chapter of the NHS inducted its new members in a ceremony at the Gran Centurions.

The event, led by the officers of the NHS led to the induction of thirteen students including:

  • Patrick Brennan
  • Gianna Caldiero
  • Kaitlyn Greenhill
  • Matthew Hartzler
  • Joseph Hovick
  • Ashley Jimenez
  • Julia Kalynchuk
  • Richard Ledden
  • Daniel McCaffery
  • Julia Shelhorn
  • Victoria Venezio
  • Tara Marie Viafora
  • Matthew Zukowski. 

Nicole Randazza, president of the NHS served as master of ceremonies for the evening as parents, teachers and administrators observed. School Superintendent, Ed Grande, addressed attendees.

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 “Being inducted into the NHS means a great deal more than being a good student,” said Grande. “It means being a good person.”

Grande was referring to the fact that only one of the four pillars refer to academics. In order to be inducted, students must also show leadership in a school or community organization, have provided numerous hours of service in one of those organizations and have exhibited good moral character in all that they do. 

The candle lighting ceremony which included Robert Lukasiewicz, Nicole Randazza, Heidi Compton, and Gianna Nigro highlighted these requirements. 

In a continuing tradition, current NHS members honor a member of the school community for their contribution to ALJ. Daniela Thompson presented Carla Wagner, the school librarian with the honor.

“Although this honor usually goes to a teacher, we felt that Mrs. Wagner has gone above and beyond the norm for this school,” stated Piesco in her comments. “Mrs. Wagner comes in early, stays late, and it always there to assist anyone that needs her guidance.” 

Samantha Piesco delivered the final words of inspiration, telling her fellow students, “Don’t forget to be in the moment from time to time. It’s okay to take a Saturday to spend with family and friends,” Piesco closed saying, “You will never get those moments back.” 


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