WEST ORANGE, NJ — Sixty-six juniors and seniors at West Orange High School (WOHS) were recently welcomed into the prestigious ranks of the National Honor Society (NHS) during an induction ceremony held at the high school.

Co-advisors Anna D’Elia and Olivia Del Spina organized and emceed the event along with the 2017-2018 student officers Charles Aborisad (president), Gerard Eatman (vice president), Tanveer Qureshi (secretary) and Anna Favetta (treasurer).

WOHS Principal Hayden Moore welcomed students, teachers and family members to the ceremony, which is built upon the four pillars of scholarship, leadership, service and character. In order to be considered for the NHS, which was established in 1921 to uphold these values, students must complete an application and essay and have a grade point average of 3.55 or higher.

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“Tonight, we congratulate and recognize several of our juniors and seniors for their outstanding academic performance, leadership and dedication to community service,” said Moore. “The administration is very proud of these students, and their strong work ethic has set the bar high for future Mountaineers. Special congratulations to those that helped them get to this moment: you, their families.”

Several inductees wrote essays about a teacher that has impacted their lives. This year, music teacher Erin Lagatic was recognized with the Influential Teacher Award for her dedication and commitment to WOHS students.

She was introduced by student Julia Edelman, who described how Lagatic has encouraged and inspired her over the years. Lagatic teaches music and music theory, leads Concert Band and Symphonic Winds as well as the Pit Orchestra, and works with the marching band and Winter Color Guard.

“Inspiration comes from many different things in my career,” said Lagatic. “I find inspiration from the community in which we work, and you live and grow up and raise your families. Inspiration comes from our school leaders…who work tirelessly to provide us with a positive, supportive environment and the tools we need to do our job.”

Lagatic said that, “by far,” her biggest inspiration and her “drive and passion for teaching” comes from the students at WOHS.

“Each year, I am amazed at the display of talent in West Orange,” she said. “Having the opportunity to connect kids and music each day brings me so much joy. Seeing our students perform at the highest level of their ability is the number one reason I am here.”

See all the photos from the 2018 NHS induction ceremony here.

The new WOHS National Honor Society Inductees are as follows:

Abdelgelil

Aysar

AmadorPonce

Alisson

Andrade

Maribel

Arnold

Erin

Arnold

Kayleigh

Berhane

Kokeb

Bhatnagar

Aarushi

Broking

Jordan

Campbell

David

Carter

Orianna

Charles

Kaitlyn

Clark

Morgan

Cuevas

Jocelyn

Dalmacy

Amber

Dani

Sessina

Dannemiller

Rebecca

Dayal

Celeste

Dickman

Max

Diggs-Pinto

Destiny

Dominiguez

Jhormary

Dong

Zackary

Ezomo

Racheal

Feinblatt

Daniel

Feliciano

Isabella

Harper

Nyah

Inguil

Andy

Jaber

Eniya

Jacobs

Nathan

King

Serena

Kumar

Sneha

Lliguicota

Evely

Lux

Emily

McCullom

Michael

Mills

Connor

Modi

Riddhi

Modi

Siddhi

Morgan

Colin

Moul

Pierce

Negash

Beaman

Oshiro

Aaron

Park

Taewon

Parker

Maggie

Paromita

Proggya

Perincheril

Grace

Petros

Mike

Petrucci

Anthony

Raymon

Ben

Retino

Ryan

Rivera

Zoe

Robertson

Jared

Salinas

Santuago

Sanchez

Alynna

Sarett

Emily

Schweidel

Michael

Seetahal

Ameera

Segal

Truman

Stroh

Veronica

Thampi

Sanjay

Thompson

Jaden

Trudge

Shane

Villasin

Hannah

Ward

Ruthanne

Weingold

Emily

Weldeghergis

Musie

Winter

Hannah

Woldai

Saleme

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