Rockville High School National Honor Society members pass torch

By Steve Smith - Staff Writer
Vernon - posted Fri., May. 3, 2013
Rockville High School junior Leah Abrahamson shakes the hand of Principal Eric Baim as she receives her certificate at the National Honor Society induction ceremony on April 30. Photos by Steve Smith.
Rockville High School junior Leah Abrahamson shakes the hand of Principal Eric Baim as she receives her certificate at the National Honor Society induction ceremony on April 30. Photos by Steve Smith.

The torch was passed from one group of exceptional Rockville High School students to another, at the induction ceremony for the George Sykes chapter of the National Honor Society on April 30. Senior members spoke about the four qualities held in high esteem by the society.

Erin Dlubac spoke about the quality of scholarship. “We should continue to learn, even when formal education has ended,” she said, “for education ends only with life.”

Senior Trixie Parcon spoke about service. “Service can be described in various ways,” she said. “Willingness to work for the benefit of those in need, without monetary compensation, or without recognition, is the quality we seek in our membership.”

“Leadership,” Ethan Hotchkiss said, “should exert a wholesome influence on the school. In taking the initiative in class and school activities, the real leader strives to train and aid others to attain the same objectives. A leader has self-confidence, and will go forward when others hesitate.”

“Character,” said senior Rachael Nutt, “is the force within each individual which distinguishes that person from others. It is that without which no one can respect themselves, or hope to obtain the respect of others. It is the product of constant action – daily striving to make the right choice.”

Senior Elaina Marcotte recapped the chapter's community service over the past year, which included a toy drive last winter that collected toys to be donated to the Cornerstone annual Christmas party.

“Each inducted member is expected to complete two chapter projects over the course of the year,” she said. “This school year, students helped prepare advertisements and set up for the Wall of Fame dinner, volunteered as tour guides at the eighth-grade orientation and open house, and provided assistance to the administrative office.”

Just recently, the chapter's Rebuilding Together Committee assisted two disabled women in Manchester by doing planting and yardwork. The students also had to serve two non-chapter projects, with outside community organizations.

Forty-four juniors and four seniors were inducted, and recited the National Honor Society pledge. The seniors then individually announced their post-high school plans.

“On behalf of the members of the George Sykes chapter of the National Honor Society, we wish the new members luck with all of their future endeavors and congratulate them on their induction,” said senior Michael Leonard.

Senior inductees were Matthew Beaulieu, Cailyn Blonstien, Caitlyn Landry and Courtney Wheeler.

Junior inductees included Leah Abrahamson, Adam Barselau, Catherine Bartol, Matthew Bilmes, Nicole Bilodeau, Brian Bliek, Julia Bonadies, Joshua Chaffee, Sara Clarke, Alyssa Condon, Michelle Correia, Katherine Cutting, Amy Eitelman, Taylor Fournier, Alyssa Gunther, Brendan Kennedy, Taylor Lajeunesse, Jessica LaRose, Christiane Lee, Luke McCleary, Maria Meier, Dominique Moore, Jennifer Mueller, Quinne Murphy, Taryn Murphy, Cameron Neal, Sean O’Gara, Jacqueline Ose, Jacob Ott, Corrine Perry, Chelsea Poloski, Patrick Purcell, Katia Ruesta, Kiara Ruesta, Clarissa Sarmiento, Shayla Shoenberger, Hannah Steed, Matthew Tracey, Claire Ufongene, Andrew Uzejczyk, Sarah Vincze, Danielle Wemmell, Olivia Whitehead and Matthew Woodtke.


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