BERKELEY HEIGHTS, NJ - On December 11, Governor Livingston hosted its second annual Highlander Honors Ceremony. In all, 11 societies were celebrated, ranging from math, to art, to music.
The Chamber Choir, Led by Joseph Elefante, greeted students and parents as they entered. Immediately following, Principal Robert Nixon gave an opening speech welcoming the inductees and recognizing their hard work and success. In his speech, he expressed the pride he has for students and how amazed he is at their accomplishments. In terms of the night of Highlander Honors, Nixon said, “This is one big meaningful event that has been very well received.”
The idea to combine the honor societies was created two years ago by Tara Oliveira, one of the assistant principals, and it has grown greatly since its creation. More honor societies have also been added to the night, which allows for a larger group of students to be recognized.
In addition to this ceremony, each honor society has an induction in which members take their oaths during school.
All of the societies show students’ commitments to their grades, the subject being honored, and community service or tutoring. Junior Richard Wetterer was excited about his accomplishments this year and was inducted into the Science National Honor Society, French Honor Society, and Mu Alpha Theta, the math honor society. As a student who is very academically involved, he said he was proud of his success. “It was really nice to see my fellow classmates be honored alongside me.”
Senior Tamar Novik was inducted into the Tri-M society, which recognized her achievements in GL’s music program. She began the night singing for the Chamber Choir, and later on received a certificate for her dedication of being involved with the choir for four years. Novik said “I met some truly amazing people from being involved with choir and was honored to celebrate my accomplishments with them.”
Overall, the second annual night of Highlander Honors was a success. With many different programs, a wide variety of students were recognized for academic achievements. The variety of programs allowed for many GL students’ to be honored, and their accomplishments continue to maintain and improve the school’s already solid reputation.
Honors Societies at GL:
American Sign Language
Art Honor Society
French Honor Society
Italian Honor Society
Mu Alpha Theta
Quill and Scroll
Science National Honor Society
Spanish Honor Society
Tri-M Honor Society