Finley Middle School Inducts 49 New Members into Honor Society


Forty-nine students from the Robert M. Finley Middle School in Glen Cove were inducted into the school’s National Junior Honor Society (NJHS).

The members of the seventh and eighth-grade classes, who were selected by a five-member faculty council, have met high standards of scholarship, service, leadership, citizenship, and character. Finley Middle School Principal Dr. Anael Alston noted that this year’s class is the largest number of students inducted into the school’s chapter since its inception, when a total of seven members met the requirement.

During the induction ceremony, Finley NJHS officers took their turn lighting a ceremonial candle representing each of the characteristics that the inductees are required to possess: scholarship, service, leadership, citizenship, and character. For acceptance into the society, each member must achieve a cumulative grade point average of 92 percent. Leadership is based on the student’s participation in two or more community or school activities. To meet the service requirement, the student must have been active in three or more service projects in the school and community. Citizenship is measured by the student’s participation in civic-related organizations and/or activities. Character is measured in terms of integrity, behavior, ethics, and cooperation with both students and faculty. Additionally, each potential member must present letters of recommendation from a minimum of four faculty members.

The 49 new inductees are:  Patricia Abraham, Hanna Ali, Jenny Armstrong, Evelina Backiel, Grace Blinkoff, Peter Budraitis, Jonathan Capobianco, Alexandra Casale, Jacqueline Coronel, Liam Cox, Jenna Cunniff, Eric Dominquez, Dani Dratch, Lindsey Dwyer, Marisa Fahey, Gaetano Famiglietti, Kanna Farruya, Michael Figliuolo, Christian Filippone, Samantha Filippone, Melissa Gecsedi, Elizabeth Grieco, Sarah Hashimi, Catherine Hatala, Michael Hatala, Amanda Heavey, Harrison Israel, Damian Jagustyn, Anna Kassar, Maria Krisch, Brandon Leon, Alizander Lizaso, Sabrina Magrini, Mateusz Majka, Michele Melfi, Victor Mendonca, Sean Morrissey, Ariana Morrocu, Alexa Mundell, Christina Ng, Alexis Novales, Nicholas Pascucci, Michael Payton, Jessica Reynolds, Justin Sobelman, Joe Suozzi, Sara Tenke, Vincent Termini, and Victoria Tripp.

“National Junior Honor Society members are chosen for and then expected to continue their exemplary contributions to the school and community,” said Dr. Carolyn Rassiger, Finley Middle School NJHS chapter advisor.

Superintendent of Schools Dr. Joseph A. Laria reminded the inductees to remain diligent in their work ethic and that, often, attitude can carry a person farther than aptitude.

The National Junior Honor Society ranks as one of the oldest and most prestigious national organizations for middle level students.  Chapters exist in more than 60 percent of the nation’s middle level schools, and, since 1929, millions of students have been selected for membership. NJHS is sponsored by the National Association of Secondary School Principals, which also sponsors the National Honor Society.