Immaculate High School (IHS) recently inducted 52 students into the St. Thomas Aquinas Chapter of the National Honor Society, an affiliated chartered chapter of the National Honor Society, including Ridgefield residents Xinyue “Tracy” Cui, Natalie Kennedy, Elizabeth Lang, Kristin Lefebvre, Maura Murphy, Sophia Pilla and Keleigh Zuckert.
“Students who are inducted have leadership roles in both school and community, inspire positive behavior in others, serve at least 75 hours (juniors) or 100 hours (seniors) of community service and consistently demonstrate respect, responsibility, trustworthiness, fairness, caring and good citizenship, along with having a GPA of at least 3.5,” said Dana Pinckney, IHS National Honor Society co-advisor and English Teacher.
In his keynote address to the new inductees, Dean of Student Affairs Joe DeMaida told students that “Leaders sacrifice their personal interests in order to yield to the needs of others, and they demonstrate respect, responsibility, reverence, trustworthiness, fairness and caring in all of their actions, and are willing to work for the benefit of those in need without compensation or recognition.”
Membership in the National Honor Society, St. Thomas Aquinas Chapter, is offered to juniors and seniors who meet the criteria established by the National Association of Secondary School Principals in the areas of scholarship, leadership, service and character. Candidate members are selected through a comprehensive application for admission and once accepted, are expected to uphold the criteria of excellence in all four areas.
The students inducted at the ceremony include Rudy Antonios, Danbury; Ellen Apotheker, Bethel; Eliana Assaf, Danbury; Michael Basile, Bethel; Sarah Bohling, Brookfield; Morganne Cartee, New Milford; Adriana Chamberlin, Bethel; Matthew Christe, Brookfield; Kristen Cirone, Newtown; Xinyue “Tracy” Cui, Ridgefield; Michelle Curtis, Danbury; Catherine DiMaria, Newtown; Hailey Dubbioso, North Salem; Natalie Dudas, Redding; Ryan Fanella, New Milford; Stephanie Faria, New Fairfield; Bart Flaherty, New Fairfield; Shea Foye, Danbury; Mackenzy Garden, Danbury; Matthew Gerbo, Sandy Hook; Erica Guydan, New Milford; Madison Halas, Danbury; Yuxuan “Brittany” Hu, Roxbury; Daniel Impellizzeri, New Milford; Avery Jarboe, Danbury; Mary Johnson, Mahopac; Natalie Kennedy, Ridgefield; Angella Kousidis. Sandy Hook; Elizabeth Lang, Ridgefield; Kristin Lefebvre, Ridgefield; Ruotong “Taylor” Li, Danbury; Dan Manning, Bridgewater; Tim Manning, Bridgewater; Taylor Mascetta, Danbury; Victoria McFarlin, Brookfield; Parker McKenzie, Newtown; Jamilly Mendes, Danbury; Kayla Mingachos, Danbury; Connor Mitchell, Bethel; Maura Murphy, Ridgefield; Jamison Nolan, Danbury; Sophia Pilla, Ridgefield; Angela Saidman, Bethel; Chris Sanchez, Danbury; Melissa Schirmer, Danbury; Angela Vodola, Sandy Hook; Veronica Vodola, Sandy Hood; Yinyu “William” Wang, New Milford; Tong “Lilly” Zeng, Bethel; Meizhi “Susan” Zhao, Brookfield; Mozhu “Cindy” Zhao, Danbury; Keleigh Zuckert, Ridgefield.
Immaculate High School is a private, non-profit Catholic college-preparatory institution serving students from 28 communities in Connecticut and New York. Immaculate High School is ranked as the third top Catholic High School in Fairfield County and a top ten Best Catholic High School in Connecticut by NICHE. Immaculate has the highest SAT scores in the Diocese of Bridgeport. Founded in 1962, Immaculate High School allows students to focus on academic excellence, spiritual development, service to others and personal goals. Located in Danbury, CT, Immaculate High School is part of the Diocese of Bridgeport’s parochial school system. For more information, go to www.immaculatehs.org.