WEST ORANGE, NJ — The Tri-M (Music Modern Masters) Honor Society at West Orange High School (WOHS) welcomed 31 new members to its ranks during a special induction ceremony recently held in the media center.
Tri-M Advisor John Hellyer said he is extremely proud of the Tri-M Music Honors Society members as well as all of the students who participate in the many performing groups available to them at WOHS, including Concert Choir, Honors Chamber Choir, Glee Choir, Jubilee Choir, Tenor and Bass Choir, Treble Choir, Concert Band, Marching Band, Jazz Band, Percussion Ensemble, Wind Ensemble, String Orchestra, Royal Strings, Spring Musical, Dance, Step Teams and more.
"We have a wealth of talent among these students and are thrilled we can provide so many opportunities for them to flourish," he said. "Tri-M encompasses the philanthropic and citizenship aspects of being a good performer. The students support their department and each other by volunteering for service at music and theatre events. It is truly inspiring to see them as such advocates for each other."
Requirements for acceptance into Tri-M include A's in a student’s music/arts/dance class, A's and B's in other classes and a recommendation from his or her teacher. In addition, students must complete eight hours of community service to the music department (ushering concerts/plays, helping with Band and Color Guard Festivals, etc.)
Students receive a certificate and Tri-M pin upon their induction, and seniors will receive a pink cord to wear during their graduation ceremony in June.
"The importance of music as part of a well-rounded education could not be underscored any better than by the fact that the president and vice president of Tri-M also happen to be the Salutatorian and Valedictorian of the Class of 2020," said Hellyer. "Tri-M encompasses the philanthropic and citizenship aspects of being a good performer and students support their department and each other by volunteering for service at music and theatre events. It is truly inspiring to see them as such strong advocates for each other.”
Newly-inducted Tri-M members include:
Julie Ann Depina
Celastina Hernandez Pemberton
Israel Soto, Jr.
TRI-M Chapter 2854 Officers include:
President — Brett Zeligson
Vice-President — Anika Fernandes
Secretary — Steve Brizuela Fernandez
Treasurer — Johan Vasquez
Orchestra Liaison — Ziyana Amanuel
Band Liaisons — Ruth Donagher & Jennifer Maciejak
Chorus Liaison — Joseph Florendo
Drama Liaison — Veena Steaphen
WOHS Music & Drama Department staff members include:
Mr. William Farley
Mr. John Hellyer, Chapter Advisor
Mr. Lewis Kelly
Mrs. Erin Lagatic
Ms. Wendy Mapes
Dr. Elena Peres
Ms. Catherine Solino
Mr. Joshua Zimmer
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