The Churchville-Chili Chapter of National Honor Society recently welcomed 84 new members to its ranks in a ceremony at the C-C Performing Arts Center.
The presentation included messages from newly elected club officers and Peter Marino, the 2018 Teacher of the Year.
Principal Scott Wilson welcomed attendees, followed by NHS adviser Paul Glor, who detailed the history and goals of the national organization. Each of the new NHS officers shared a brief message with the audience on one of the four criteria for membership in NHS: leadership, character, service and scholarship. Senior officers this year are Lilly Gleason, president; Jenna Guyette, vice president; Serafina Wezelis, treasurer; and Grace Hunt, secretary.
Marino then addressed members. The Teacher of the Year honor is given to an educator who makes a real difference in the lives of students. Teachers are nominated by current NHS members and a winner is selected by officers. English language arts teacher Marino was selected because he is “kind, caring and a good role model,” and “a tough, but fair grader” who “challenges students to become better writers and critical thinkers.”
Marino teaches several courses at the high school, including pre-Advanced Placement English, AP Literature and theory of knowledge. He has taught in the Churchville-Chili Central School District for 17 years. He said that his philosophy of teaching is “to be as well informed and as energetic as possible, and to try my best to connect my subject to the rest of the world.”
During the presentation of the candidates, current NHS members escorted new members across the stage while biographies from their applications were read by club officers. They were accepted and congratulated by Superintendent Lori Orologio, Wilson, Glor and Marino. New members received a certificate and signed their name in the club registry.
This year’s inductees are Jacob Anthony, Christina Barbeto, Sabrina BenChaabane, Isabelle Bennett, Joshua Brink, Melanie Burley, Rebecca Butcher, Sydney Bykowicz, Kenneth Carr, Brooke Chalmers, Rachel Chapman, Alexis Chanthachackvong, Laura Clar, Madeline Coccia, Abigail Collins, Nicole Collom, Rachel Corwin, Aidan Coykendall, Ashleigh Cummings, Courtney Curley, Dylan Curyto, Janna Deppe, Jade Distant, Natalie Faas, Cassady Faker, Lindsey Featherman, Breanna Giacolone, Ava Goossen, Andrianna Gruttadauria, Renee Guerin, Jake Guzda, Paige Hambley, Benjamin Hannah, Makayla Horne, Lauren Hughes, Retag Ibrahim, Aidan Iwasko, Olivia Keefe, Jacob Keller, Myranda Lockwood, Zoe Lucyshyn, Isabella Maira, Hannah Mance, Ariana Marseglia, Mekselina Maraslioglu, Nickolas Millard, Bryan Morano, Raymond Morgan, Grace Munding, Patrick Murphy, Julia Napolitano, Ashley Northup, Ryan O’Connor, Natalie Otto, Angelina Palmer, Connor Patchen, Patrick Philippy, Aaliyah Pitoni, Sophia Podszebka, Marcus Postell, Bianca Prisco, Dakota Raker, Arhum Rashedi, Trenton Repass, Brandon Reusch, Koa Ritz, Ethan Rivers, Alissa Rivoli, Adeline Roy, Emma Roy, Brianna Ruffin, Julianna Saxena, Haley Smout, Griffin Stella, Emily Sylvester, Daniel Talbott, Lucas Tata, Mikayla Tolliver, Rachel VanWinkle, Lauren Vernick, Martina Videva, Kayla Wiest, Callie Winn and Joe Wollke.