Lincoln Orens inducts 28 National Junior Honor Society members
Island Park’s Lincoln Orens Middle School celebrated the induction of 28 new members to the National Junior Honor Society. On Tuesday, March 21, the seventh- and eighth-graders who are part of this prestigious organization, which is advised by Dr. Dean Bacigalupo with assistance from former advisor Cheryl Pal, participated in a traditional ceremony.
The new inductees join 19 other National Junior Honor Society members, for a total of 47 inductees to date. The group was established based on five core values: scholarship, service, leadership, character and citizenship. Members are selected based on their demonstration of these qualities, with specific requirements for academics.
During the event, students described the five pillars’ meanings, as well as the standards and expectations that membership involves and the symbolism of the torch that was lit to represent guidance. Principal Vincent Randazzo welcomed the honorees along with members of the administration and board of education, faculty and students’ families. He explained that the National Junior Honor Society members were being honored not only for their academic success, but also because they are leaders who are involved in their school and community.
Each year, Lincoln Orens welcomes back two alumni who have the highest grade point averages of all Island Park seniors at Long Beach High School and West Hempstead High School. The Class of 2017 speakers were West Hempstead High School senior Carly Sills and Long Beach High School senior Joseph Aebly. Both addressed their younger peers and offered words of advice and inspiration. The evening also featured a musical interlude performance of Mozart’s Eine Kleine Nachtmusik. The ceremony concluded with certificates awarded by Superintendent of Schools, Dr. Rosmarie Bovino and Principal, Vincent Randazzo.