Huntington High School’s Science National Honor Society chapter inducted 41 new members during a Monday night ceremony in the auditorium.
Prospective Science National Honor Society members must meet stringent requirements, including a minimum average of 90 in science and 85 in all classes. To remain in good standing, society members must compete in science competitions, perform peer tutoring, participate in club fundraising and attend meetings on a regular basis.
This year’s inductees include Anthony Annunziata, Melvin Avelar-Romero, Kathryn Barba, William Berry, Keira Coulter, Ryan Curran, Charlotte Curtin, Benjamin Edgar-McNerney, Deanna Elvir, Katherine Estrada, Lars Galvin, Thomas Girimonti, Julia Henderson, Rachel Huth, Marley Joseph, Jada Joseph, Sophia Kaloudis, Samantha Koepele, Sophie Lange, Shaina Linker, Keyla Maldonado, Damaris Mani-Munoz, Andrea Mani-Munoz, Mary Marinello, Jannel Marroquin, Renee McKean, Gabriella Miller, Riley Murtagh, Brooke Parks, Nicholas Plachta, Olivia Polinsky, Reese Rinaldi, Brian Romero, Jack Ruthkowski, Jack Semelsberger, Hannah Song, Eli Soric, Ava Tizzio, Logan Toth, Karla Velasquez-Umanzor and Dominick Vidota.
Huntington’s 2022/23 Science Honor Society chapter is led by Peter Gaal (president), Brad Nisipeanu (vice president), Lauren Gennarelli (recording secretary), Evan Spagnoletti (treasurer), Haileigh Smith (financial secretary), Timothy Kusterbeck (fundraising coordinator) and Nikolai Seferian (tutoring coordinator). Teachers Deborah Beck and Luigi Papasidero are the organization’s faculty advisors.
The Science National Honor Society was organized in 2000 with the following objectives:
• To encourage and recognize scientific and intellectual thought.
• To advance students’ knowledge of classical and modern science.
• To communicate with the scientific community.
• To aid the civic community with its comprehension of science.
• To encourage students to participate in community service and in turn, encourage a dedication to the pursuit of scientific knowledge that benefits all of mankind.
The motto inscribed in Latin on the Science National Honor Society shield translates to “Fortunate is one who understands the causes of things.” Each chapter of the organization is required to pursue at least one project each school year.
Kathryn Bambino, PhD, MPH, principal scientist, scientific communications at
The Estée Lauder Companies was this year’s induction ceremony guest speaker.
Huntington UFSD Director of Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics Dr. Teresa Grossane also addressed the crowd, which included district Superintendent James W. Polansky and high school Principal Brenden Cusack.
The new members are excited to get involved with the organizations 2022/23 activities.