PORT CHESTER, N.Y. Port Chester High School inducted a record 58 students into its chapter of the National Honor Society on Wednesday afternoon in front of parents, students, teachers and members of the Port Chester-Rye Union Free School District's Board of Education.
The school received 65 applications, said Edward Waite, National Honor Society adviser and history teacher. Students are selected based on scholarship, leadership, character and service.
"These four qualities are interdependent and essential cornerstones to a life of honor, success and fulfillment," Board of Education President Blanca Lopez said. "You represent the best and brightest in our district."
The induction ceremony marks the beginning of a life of achievements, Superintendent Edward Kliszus said.
"This is about success, and your successes are just beginning for you," Kliszus said. "You need to keep up the effort because the rewards are just beginning."
The four current National Honor Society officers Lisseth Torres, Emily Magee, Grace Condori and Katherine Ochoa also spoke on the four pillars of the group.
"Good character is established over time, (and) is achieved, not received," said Ochoa, the group's treasurer.
Port Chester High School Principal Mitchell Combs handed out the certificates and spoke about the honored students.
"I'm so very proud," Combs said. "I've been waiting eight years to hold this event in the auditorium. I'm so very pleased with all of you today."
The 2012 National Honor Society inductees are: Starlyn Adames, Jessica Aguilar, Lourdes Aguilar, Mildres Aguirre, Vilma C. Alvarez, Cindy Ambrosio, Zuriel Arellano, Erika Avalos, Natalia Babula, Gabriela Bukanowska, Maribel Burga, Lourdes Cabrera, Stephany Carvajal, Jhonny Castillo, Caitlyn Celestino, Stephanie Ciosek, Sally Condori, Aliyah Crosdale, Genesis De La Roca, Anne Marie Esposito, Jillian Ferretti, Kiara Galo, Susana Garcia, Eduardo Gonzalez, John Guido, Jason Ippolito, Juliana Ippolito, Yadira Jimenez, Wateek Jones, Anika Krause, Emily LaGuardia, Bryan Levy, Courtney Loper, Katia Lopez, Aurelio Lua, Leticia Lua, Kimberly Maguire, Jenny Maldonado, Rafael Mandujano, Jessica K. Martinez, Olivia Nadler, Omar Neyra, Lily Belle Nowotnik, Nelly Paltin, Lukas Patrizio, Lesley Perez, Jonathan Rivera, Kevin Rodriguez, Brian Suertegaray, Karina Tapia, Stephanie Turcios, Alana Tursi, Astrid Vargas, Juan C. Vargas, Sharon Villagomez, Elizabeth Vincento, Christian Zamano and Mariel Zavala.
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