Character, Scholarship, Leadership, Service: New NHS Members Inducted

Logo of the National Honor Society

Elmwood Park High School's Harold Grothen Chapter of the National Honor Society (NHS) welcomed 26 new members during an induction ceremony held Thursday, May 2, in the school auditorium.

Leading the ceremony were Chapter President Kersten Brayton and Vice Presidents Karolina Castillo, Elliana Jimenez and Jocelyn Velazquez.

The four seniors offered remarks on the core NHS values of scholarship (Castillo), service (Jimenez), leadership (Velazquez) and character (Brayton). 

Presenting awards were Mr. Douglas Wildes, EPHS principal; Ms. Kyleen Coia, assistant principal; and Ms. Karen Bear, business teacher and NHS faculty adviser. Ms. Bear also presented NHS scholarships.

Second-semester sophomores and above with a minimum 3.3 GPA are invited to apply for membership. To be admitted into NHS, applicants must have demonstrated leadership, scholarship, character and service throughout their high school years. Final selection is made by members of the faculty.

Congratulations to this year's inductees:

  • Maia Ayala-Rizzo, 11th grade
  • William S. Bermudez, 11th grade
  • Vanessa Bucio, 11th grade
  • Bianca Caracci, 10th grade
  • Jacqueline Chavez, 11th grade
  • Victoria Chowaniak, 10th grade
  • Julian Davila, 11th grade
  • Alexa Duarte, 10th grade
  • Michelle Heredia, 10th grade
  • Juliet Howard, 10th grade
  • Konstance Kakridas, 10th grade
  • Emilia Koper, 10th grade
  • Nicole Kupinski, 10th grade
  • Gemma Landa, 11th grade
  • Kyla Jean Narayan, 10th grade 
  • Alexis Nieves, 10th grade
  • Aleksandra Nosek, 11th grade
  • Jessica Idaliz Pagan, 10th grade 
  • Danielle Caitlin Roxas, 10th grade 
  • Kevin Ryczek, 10th grade
  • Lyana C. Salgado, 10th grade
  • Joseph M. Scheidt, 10th grade
  • Megan Lorraine Schmidt, 10th grade
  • Natalia Turek, 10th grade
  • Josie Velasquez, 11th grade
  • Annika Venegas, 10th grade

NHS is 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, leadership, service and character.

These characteristics have been associated with membership in the organization since its beginning in 1921.

The EPHS chapter is named after Mr. Harold Grothen, who was a German teacher at the high school in the 1960s and early 1970s. Refined and scholarly, Mr. Grothen was "the epitome of what a teacher should be," in the words of the induction ceremony program notes.

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