32 new members join DHS chapter of National Honor Society

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Several dozen parents as well as some of the district’s teachers and administrators attended a ceremony on Monday evening, November 20 at Dedham High School at which 32 students were inducted into the school’s chapter of the National Honor Society.

Founded in 1921, the Society recognizes achievement in four areas: scholarship, service, leadership and character. 28 juniors and four seniors took the NHS pledge. Selected by a faculty committee at DHS, the new inductees join 23 existing members

of the school’s chapter, all of them seniors.

Kathleen Dearborn, a Dedham High teacher and co-advisor to the school’s NHS chapter, gave opening remarks. She highlighted numerous organizations and initiatives to which the new inductees had devoted community service, including the Dedham Police Department’s National Night Out, Dedham Farmers Market, Trunk or Treat Halloween celebration, Dedham Square Holiday Stroll, Dedham Day, Animal Rescue League, Endicott Branch Library, NewBridge on the Charles, Mother Brook Arts & Community Center, and Dedham Historical Society & Museum.

Soon thereafter, Superintendent of Schools Mike Welch addressed the gathering. He thanked the parents in attendance, as well as the DHS faculty members. Then he mentioned several other groups.

“Also (I bring greetings from) a lot of people who aren’t here this evening for the members of the inducting class – all of the other teachers, bus drivers, custodians, paraprofessionals… and all the other folks from the Dedham Public Schools who have helped you along the way to get here today,” he said.

“You represent the best of what the Dedham Public Schools and Dedham High School have to offer. I congratulate all of you for making it this far today… Right now in Massachusetts there are about 70,000 students in each grade.

“The 32 of you in this year’s inducting class represent about 17 percent of Dedham High School. So that truly is a rarefied group. You worked very hard to get here today…

“I look to all of you and ask you if you someday may consider becoming a teacher. I hope that you do, because we know the value of a great teacher, and what it means. Some of the best and brightest are sitting right in front of me right now. I hope, parents, that your children come home someday and say, ‘You know, I’m thinking about going into education.’ I hope that you encourage them.”
Other speakers included DHS National Honor Society chapter President Bryson Badeau, State Representative Paul McMurtry, School Committee Chairperson Mayanne MacDonald Briggs, DHS Principal Jim Forrest, and Carol Margolis, a Dedham High teacher and co-advisor to the school’s NHS chapter.
Five current members of the Society, all seniors, outlined the accomplishments of each new inductee in extracurriculars and community service.

As a result of the ceremony, the members of the DHS chapter of the National Honor Society are as follows (* indicates a new member, ** indicates a National Honor Society officer).

Seniors – Eric Alban, Caitlin Alves*, Kalyn Ashby, Bryson Badeau**, Marley Belanger, Katherine Bondar, Olivia Brancato*, Alyssa Casali**, Rena Coben**, Andrew Czazasty, Benjamin Dean, Ross Dillon, Katherine Flynn, Emma Francis, Leah Goffredo, Kathryn Hayes, Alannah Heffernan, Abby Jenest**, Corey Kilroy, Evan Landry, Yunrui Lu*, Nicolas Mercuri, Jack Noone, Maeve O’Connor, Alexander Pappas-McAllister, Shanaya Theodore, Lillian Tobias*.

Juniors – Weilin Berkey*, Laura Berry*, Isabelle Bruneau*, Kathryn Burns*, Elizabeth Carroll*, Tuyen Dang*, Samantha DeJean*, Erin Dwyer*, Victoria Forney*, Jenna Hache*, Isha Havale*, Abigail Jiminian*, Alec Laurino*, Amelia Layne*, Kyle Martens*, Maleka McBarnett*, Jillian McGahan*, Joshua Minard*, Michael Murray*, Shawn Nosky*, Jarrett Petto*, Maeve Quilty*, Jack Sargent*, Jacquelin Sauer*, Donna Shevory*, Patricia Somera*, Sarunya Springer*, Tyler Vo*.