PELHAM, N.Y. – More than 100 Pelham Memorial High School juniors and seniors have been inducted into the Knight and Lamp chapter of the National Honor Society, according to a statement from the school district.
The Honor Society recognizes the academic and community achievements of distinguished students from across the United States. This year, 97 Pelham Memorial juniors and 10 seniors joined their ranks, the district said.
According to the district, students inducted into the Honor Society are required to maintain and unweighted cumulative average of at least an 89, must donate one study period per week to tutor in the school’s learning center and must complete 40 hours of community service to the school and/or community during the school year while upholding the “qualities of the National Honor Society, including character and leadership.”
In addition to the 106 students honored on Nov. 29, 67 students who were inducted in 2015 also were recognized, according to the school district.
Among the speakers at the ceremony were Class of 2017 National Honor Society President Jonathan Salama, Vice President Amanpreet Singh, Class of 2018 National Honor Society President Emily Xue and Vice President Harrison Harvey.
According to the district, other speakers included Pelham Memorial High School Principal Jeannine Clark, National Honor Society Advisor Mariana Cordero, Superintendent of Schools Peter Giarrizzo, Board of Education President Marianne Gilland and Director of Science and Math Thomas Callahan, who delivered the keynote address during which he performed “Dawning of the Day” on the bagpipes.
“Life gets crazy. There are times now and there will be times in the future when you’re stressed, overwhelmed and maybe even a little in over your head,” Callahan said in his speech. “Be mindful of yourself and how you best handle stress. Find an outlet, something you love, and find some time to decompress with it.”
According to the district, Callahan continued his speech, urging the students to remember a “simple message.”
“Find your own path to introspection,” he said. “I truly believe it will lead to a healthier and happier you.”