Students Receive Induction into the National Honor Society

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Students, families, and faculty gathered in the Harborfields High School auditorium to induct 121 students into the National Honor Society on Sept. 28. The National Honor Society (NHS) recognizes students that have demonstrated excellence in the areas of scholarship, leadership, service, and character.

Inductees took their seats at the front of the auditorium and the Harborfields High School Choir performed the National Anthem. Principal Timothy Russo welcomed the crowd and praised the students for their accomplishment. “We are here tonight to celebrate yet another great achievement for these outstanding young men and women who have accomplished so much already,” said Russo.

Assistant Superintendent for Administration and Human Resources Dr. Rory Manning addressed the new inductees. “Our school is great because of the people in it,” he said. “You are a part of that.” Manning also praised the parents of the new inductees and urged the students to thank their parents for their support.

Suffolk County Legislator and guest speaker Dr. William Spencer, Jr. took the stage and discussed the importance of character to the students. Spencer’s daughter Hannah, a Harborfields High School student, also attended the induction ceremony as part of the new inductee class.

National Honor Society executive board members approached the podium one by one for the candle ceremony. Members described the significance of the candle, scholarship, service, leadership and character.

The new inductees were called to the stage to receive their certificates and shake hands with Russo. Each student also received a candle from an executive board member before leaving the stage. During the closing of the ceremony, the new inductees circled around the auditorium and their candles were lit one by one to symbolize the core values of the society.