Twenty-five new members were inducted into the National Honor Society as HANC High School held its 42nd National Honor Society Induction Ceremony, honoring the 36 members of this prestigious organization and welcoming 14 new inductees into the Maalot Chapter. Members of the Honor Society must maintain a 92 average and represent excellence in Torah, scholarship, service, character, and leadership.
HANC’s principal-menahel, Rabbi Shlomo Adelman, opened the event with a d’var Torah that emphasized the importance of living life as a true ben or bat-Torah. Marie Palaia, associate principal and honor society faculty adviser, welcomed officers of the society to the stage to light candles and speak about the tenets that represent the pillars on which the organization stands. Co-Presidents Batsheva Moskowitz and Zackary Plutzer, Co-Vice Presidents Adena Cohen and Aeton Rabanipour, and Historian Joshua Vilkas, each delivered a d’var Torah. and an explanation before lighting their candle.
Rabbi Daniel Mezei, director of student life; Marie Palaia, associate principal; and Tziporah Zucker, assistant principal, presented the new inductees with their official certificates and membership cards.
English Department Chair Sam Kintzer was chosen by the members of the honor society to deliver the keynote address. He urged the students to keep on dreaming and said that anything is possible.
Rabbi Etan Ehrenfeld, dean of students; and Karen Sheff, director of college guidance, read the accomplishments of senior members and thanked each student for their service to HANC.
The members presented a yellow rose to their parents and grandparents to show their hakarat hatov for guiding them to where they are today.