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Thursday October 26, 2017 at 10:50am Age: 1 year
Category: High School, District


Minisink Valley’s National Honor Society (NHS) inducted 56 new members in a ceremony held in the high school auditorium on Oct. 25.


As he waited to enter the auditorium with his fellow members, NHS Vice President Billy Schiele couldn’t hide his excitement and pride. “Our officers have been working really hard to make this a memorable and special night for our inductees. Getting here is not an easy thing, and this is a big moment for them,” Billy said.


President Danielle Bellettiere was especially proud of the leadership and dedication the group demonstrated during the summer when they found themselves without an advisor. “We are very grateful to Mr. Horner and Mrs. Luscher, our new advisors, for their guidance and dedication.” 


Membership process…

Over 150 MVHS juniors and seniors qualified and were invited to apply to the National Honor Society (NHS) on the basis of their academic achievement. Applicants wrote a resume highlighting their leadership skills, community service, extra-curricular activities, and work experience. Faculty and staff offered recommendations based on their knowledge of the students’ character. A committee reviewed the applications and selected the year’s inductees.


NHS work in Minisink…

NHS members are volunteers who serve their school and community. Minisink’s NHS students are involved with Minisink Cares, freshmen orientation, the high school open house, the annual senior citizen event, the annual veterans dinner, the 8th grade parents’ night, the gym planter, the American Legion booth at the Otisville fair, fundraising events in honor of deceased Minisink teachers, the upkeep of the high school book room, several tricky-tray events, and the FBLA event. They also support the efforts of other school groups and clubs.


Individually, NHS members are required to serve 30 hours a year, with a minimum of 10 hours each semester and over the summer. The Class of 2018 completed 1,150 hours in its junior year alone, with many members exceeding their minimum requirement. The Class of 2019 is expected to complete 1,400 hours of community service this year. The total service hours expected from all members for this school year is 2,780.  


The President’s message…

During her induction address, Danielle Bellettiere told the audience, “It​ ​is​ ​reassuring​ ​to​ ​know​ ​that there​ ​are​ ​people​ ​in​ ​the​ ​world​ ​who​ ​are​ ​working​ ​to​ ​better​ ​our​ ​community​ ​and​ ​also​ ​to​ ​better themselves.”


In preparation for the induction rites, Danielle challenged new members to reflect on their meaning and responsibility: “I​ ​want​ ​you​ ​to​ ​think​ ​about​ ​the​ ​candles​ ​you​ ​will​ ​be​ ​holding,​ ​the​ ​people​ ​sitting​ ​next​ ​to​ ​you,​ ​and finally,​ ​the​ ​book​ ​you​ ​will​ ​sign​ ​your​ ​name​ ​in​ ​tonight.​ ​Within​ ​the​ ​pages​ ​of​ ​this​ ​book​ ​are​ the names of ​past​ ​NHS members’.​ ​You​ ​are​ ​now​ ​committing​ ​to​ ​making​ ​these​ ​past​ ​members​ ​proud […] Wherever​ ​you go,​ ​you are now ​carrying​ ​that​ ​candlelight​ ​with​ ​you.​ ​Your​ ​name​ ​is​ ​now​ ​forever​ ​in​ ​that book.”


Congratulations to new officers… 

  • Danielle Bellettiere, President
  • Billy Schiele, Vice President 
  • Brandon Bell, Secretary
  • Tiana Popstein, Treasurer
  • Daniel Burns, Head Mentor
  • Meghan Putnam, Event Planner


CONGRATULATIONS to all inductees, members and advisors─and thank you for all you do for our schools and community.