HOLMDEL – Monmouth County schools are among the top in the country. Locally, Holmdel is no exception and annually they honor students in a induction ceremony into the National Honor Society.

The National Honor Society is considered the nation's premier organization established to recognize outstanding high school students. “More than just an honor roll, NHS serves to recognize those students who have demonstrated excellence in the areas of scholarship, service, leadership, and character,” known as the four “pillars,” according to the national organization’s website.

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In a news release, Holmdel Schools announced that they inducted 86 students into the National Honor Society. The students come from all walks of life, backgrounds and circumstances. Collectively,  they now share the common bond of the National Honor Society.


According to Holmdel Schools, Juniors and Seniors who have accumulated a grade point average of 3.66 or higher are eligible to be nominated for membership in NHS. Nominees must also demonstrate that they have completed 200 hours of service since the start of their 9th grade year and pass an extensive vetting process focused on the pillars of leadership and character.


The Holmdel High School Chapter, which was named long ago and continues to memorialize a beloved former Holmdel educator, Helen Ackerson, held its annual induction ceremony January 10th.  NHS President Abbey Quirk presented the 86 inductees and together with NHS Advisor Mr. Sean T. Dowd, led them in the NHS Pledge as part of the evening’s proceedings.


In keeping with the spirit of the organization’s namesake, the Holmdel tradition of each inductee honoring a teacher or school staff member who has mentored them during their education was continued this year. Again this year, inductees honored teachers from the district’s schools during the ceremony.  In describing this tradition, Superintendent of Schools, Dr. Robert McGarry said, “We often overlook the importance of positive student-teacher relationships.” “This wonderful Holmdel tradition speaks volumes to the significant and long-lasting role that Holmdel’s teachers play in the lives our students,” he added.  


The 2019 inductees include: Omar Abuattieh, Rohaan Ahmad, Phillip Alexeev, Anas Ani, Michael Antonacci, Angelina Ayad, John Baratta, Nicholas Bauman, Arshpreet Behl, Sophie Birk, Alexa Blasiak, Jeremy Bodycomb, Daniel Briskin, Olivia Cabrera, Crystal Carino, Derek Chan, Aidan Choo, Yu (Ivy) Chung, Natalie    Cipriano, Jade Coelho-Brand, Hayley Cowles, Victoria Critchley, Hunter Cronin, Tara Cushing, Joseph D'Acunto, Spencer Davis, John Edwards, Sameer Erramilli, Sarah Faysal, Carson Fontana, Lane Fontana, Hope Funcheon, Carine    Gallo, Natasha Gandhi, Gemma Giller, Valerie Gork, Andrew Guaragno, Eliot Gunawardana, Eric Hinds, Taylor Hoagland, Tanner    Hroblak, Shaun Hsueh, Declan Jackman, Sourish Jasti, Matthew Kalb, Tiffany Kumar, Steven Kuncewitch, Maxime Lahlou, Emily Levonas, Hannah Lin, Rebecca Liu, Michael Lobifaro, Jeffrey Luk, Ajay Movva, Brittany Mulvey, Anya Nasar, Byron Ng, Jason Ng, Julia Nobrega, Anika Patel, Vrishin  Patel, Gabriella Porchetta, Jack Sammut, Anthony Saporito, Nicole Secondino, Brinda Seridana, Anjali Shah, Musa Shaikh, Daniel Shnitkind, Ananya Siddabathula, Nicole Sportelli, Alexis Stewart, Tom Sui, Sophia Tavern, Gabrielle  Thompson, Wesley Thomsin, Daniel Tobengauz, Paige Tulenko, Ava Vakili, William Valenzuela, Mark Walier, Owen Walor, Joanna Yip, Daniel Yuan, Justin Zhang, Claudia Zhang