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…
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*.