Bedford High School inducted 52 students into the National Honor Society on Thursday evening.
The National Honor Society’s Standards of Scholarship, Leadership, Service, and Character were presented by BHS Chapter officers Jonathan Pierre, President; Christopher Venuti, Vice President; Anya Winter, Secretary; and Andrew Presti, Treasurer.
The new members made commitments to the Society’s standards, “I pledge to uphold the high purposes of the National Honor Society, to which I have been selected. I’ll be true to the principles for which it stands and will maintain and encourage its high standards of scholarship, leadership, service, and character.”
Bedford High School Principal Heather Galante congratulated the inductees and shared a story about seeing Mrs. Sumner, one of her most exacting high school teachers and her NHS advisor, long after graduation.
“I told her that I [had become] a teacher and that she was really an inspiration to me. She started to tear up, which was very unexpected, and it caught me off guard. She told me that she never knew that, and how much my words meant to her. Mrs. Sumner taught me about service, doing my part. And about scholarship, not giving up the importance of achieving at a really high level. And about character, who we are when no one’s watching and when there aren’t any awards to be won,” said Galante.
“If there is a person in your life who has modeled these pillars for you and you have not told them, please do so. Give them the sunshine and accolades they deserve,” she continued. “Congratulations to all of you,” she concluded. “Please continue to make your school proud, your teachers proud, your parents and your family proud. Thank you to all for being here tonight in celebration of our really remarkable students.”
The BHS 2020 National Honor Society Inductees
Natalie Barney, Lily Barsam-Thompson, Olivia Belbute, Timothy Bennett, Mina Bostwick, James Brosgol, Annanta Budhathoki, Alaina Capone, Alethia Chan, Caitlin Connors, Brendan Coyne, Sydney Daniels, Maitri Dedhiya, Ryan Doucette, Maya Driscoll, Julia Fair, Katherine Fhu, Tsoline Gevorkian, Molly Gilarde, Sophia Gitlin, Jillian Guetersloh, Hannah Hamdani, Jonathan Heller, Elizabeth Henning, Elizabeth Herzog, Isabel Hon-Anderson, Cameron Horne, Dexter Kennedy, Emily Kociubes, Sonya Kupershmidt, Sophie Lance, Alexander Lin, Wesley Liou, Charlotte Livingston, Rosalind Lowen, Rohan Manne, Amanda Miller, John Miller, Jeremy Ngooi, Oliver Nosal, Adam O’Brien, Hannah O’Connor, Grace O’Shaughnessy, Catherine Oordt, Manogna Reddy, Isabella Santiago, Lindsay Shamon, Julia Silvestrone, Samuel Speciale, Angelique Tedesco, Bianca Tedesco, and Shana Wolckenhaar.
Editor’s note: Hannah O’Connor and Ryan Doucette, two of our regular ‘Student Voices at The Bedford Citizen’ writers, were among those honored during Thursday evening’s ceremony.