Glastonbury National Honor Society inductees urged to continue service
By Steve Smith - Staff Writer
Glastonbury - posted Fri., May. 10, 2013
Glastonbury High School's chapter of the National Honor Society inducted 185 new members at its ceremony on May 7. GHS Principal Dr. Nancy Bean congratulated the students and their parents for their achievements in the society's four qualities of character, leadership, scholarship and service.
“The most important thing to remember is that each of these characteristics are the sum of many individual decisions,” Bean said. “They embody a positive attitude, backed by purpose. The only way to achieve your purpose is to take small actions every day. In the end, they all add up. My hope for you is that you will cultivate this attitude, backed by purpose, in your own life, even after you leave GHS.”
National Honor Society advisor and teacher Mark Dursin introduced keynote speaker Carol Goldstein, who has been teaching for 40 years, 33 of them in Glastonbury and most of them at Smith Middle School. Dursin said Goldstein, who will be retiring this June, was always an expert in grammar, and her former students were always extremely prepared when they came to the high school.
“Now, I realize that I didn't know anything at all about Carol until she moved up to the high school in 2010,” he said, calling her one of the smartest and funniest, and the hardest-working teacher he knows. “She truly cares about the students,” he said.
“Hopefully, you all have a love of knowledge and a desire for self-improvement,” Goldstein told the honorees. “With the ability to achieve comes the responsibility to do so. Never sit back with the assumption that your intelligence alone will help you to succeed. If effort and desire to do your best are not part of the whole package, then success will elude you. Dedication to worthwhile goals will ameliorate your life.”
Senior NHS member Nicole Ganci, before speaking about the quality of leadership, said she had Goldstein as a teacher twice. “The high school will not be the same without her, and no one will ever do as well on the grammar section of the SATs again,” Ganci said.
Goldstein also gave the inductees a direct order. “Go out and meet your future with a work ethic and a personal ethic to make us continue being proud of you,” she said. “Do well, but don't forget to do good along the way.”