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Character, Scholarship, Leadership & Service – Haverhill HS Inducts 65 to National Honor Society

On September 9, 2014 Haverhill’s immediate future and longer range future began to unfold. It was primary election day with several local offices being contended, and it was also the night when Haverhill High School inducted 65 new members to the National Honor Society (NHS).

DSC_0839 Haverhill HS National Honor Society

The Heartbeat of Haverhill participated in both with a visit to the ballot box and a front row seat at the NHS induction. You’ll read about the elections in the media, so THOH will concentrate on recognizing the students who will help shape our local and national future a bit farther down the road.

HPS School Committee vice president Scott Wood

HPS School Committee vice president Scott Wood


The National Honor Society candidates are selected  based on a combination of four impressive qualities: Character, Scholarship, Leadership, and Service. These students are well rounded in thought and action. They keep their grades high through hard work, are able to lead and mentor other students, innately do the right thing even when no one is watching, and carve out time in busy high school schedules to give back to society in myriad ways.

The students marched in and took their seats in rows stretching nearly to the back of the HHS auditorium in their reserved section. There was a brief statement from HPS School Committee vice president Scott Wood. Joanne Baker the NHS advisor installed the officers: NHS president Stephanie Zuber, vice president Nicole Conte, secretary Eliza Bowen, and treasurer Emily Nguyen.

NHS president Stephanie Zuber, vice president Nicole Conte, secretary Eliza Bowen, and treasurer Emily Nguyen.

NHS officers L-R: treasurer Emily Nguyen, secretary Eliza Bowen, vice president Nicole Conte, and president Stephanie Zuber.


Dr. Graciela Trilla District English Learner Education Supervisor at Haverhill Public School, challenged the group with a quote often attributed to Winston Churchill:  “We make a living by what we get, but we make a life by what we give.”

Dr. Graciela Trilla Guest Speaker

Dr. Graciela Trilla Guest Speaker

Each inductee participated in a candle lighting ceremony while excerpts from their application essays were read aloud by the NHS officers.  The subject of the essays was the “Person who influenced me the most.” The subject both acknowledged the support of the person or persons who helped the student achieve as much as they had to date, but also served as a reminders that no one makes it in a vacuum and that these students would be expected to lift up others along their way. There were plenty of filled eyes in the audience as student essays acknowledged parents, grandparents, friends and classmates as those who inspired them to become better people.

A poised and talented Taylor House followed with her rendition of “Your My Best Friend” sung in gratitude to the attending family and friends. HHS Principal Beth Kitsos also addressed the group, before NHS Advisor Joanne Baker concluded the formal portion of the event allowing time for proud parents to photograph the students and grab a goodie from the lengthy table full of treats.

Taylour House NHS Inductee and talented singer

Taylor House NHS Inductee and talented singer

There are no cheerleaders shouting out the names of these impressive students on game day, their stats are seldom reported in local papers. Their acknowledgement comes on this one night and on graduation day when they attach their gold tassels to their mortar boards before heading out in pursuit of college, military, and career plans that will continue to shape these extraordinary students into valuable and valued citizens. Mayor Jim Fiorentini and the City of Haverhill, let’s hope many of these young adults stay local!

The NHS Inductees within the right section of HHS Auditorium

The NHS Inductees within the right section of HHS Auditorium and proud friends and family in the center section

So The Heartbeat of Haverhill wants to recognize these students by name, to act as cheerleader for the hard working, bright, conscientious, and kind kids:

Samie Al-Ziab

Stephanie Bellapianta

Eliza Bowen

Amber Braxton

Emily Brown

Marlayna Buco

Leisa Campbell*

Brittany Clark

Caitlin Clifford

Jeffrey Conner

Nicole Conte

Alexandra Conwell

Jeffrey Cullen

Meghan Daggett

Andrew D’Aoust

Brittany DiCeglie

Sean Driscoll

Ramez Farag

Andrew Giampa

Joshua Goldstein

Stephanie Guy

Matthew Hayes

Taylor House

Bianca Hussein

Brett Johnson

Emma Kaloostian

Seth Kary

Alexandra Kelleher

Robert Kelleher

Julia King

Jacob Kravits

Connor Leavitt

Ornela Llupo

Connor Manning

Hannah Manning

Kaitlyn May

Ryan McGlashian

Josseline Medrano

Allison Meserve

Julia Nadeau

Dorothy Nankanja

Emily Nguyen

Yazlin Pagan

Phillip Panici

Anna Pearse

Isabela Peixoto

Holly Pereira

Evan Redfearn

Brianna Richard

Amanda Roy

Jessica Sarro

George Scopelites

Grace Stanton

Kirsten Stemmler

Daniel Sullivan

Daniel Surette

Rakel Tavitian

Kerrin Thomas

Molly Thomas

Samantha Van Tassel

Courtney Videchak

Amy Ward

Christian White

Patrick Yale

Stephanie Zuber


Congratulations ladies and gentlemen. The eyes of the community are upon you in gratitude, awe, and anticipation.

Full disclosure: THOH was not in attendance exclusively to report on this event. My husband Jonathan Campbell and I are very proud of Leisa Campbell for exemplifying the characteristics of the National Honor Society. 

Jonathan Campbell and NHS Inductee Leisa Campbell

Jonathan Campbell and NHS Inductee Leisa Campbell

(c) 2014 by Alison Colby-Campbell

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Alison Colby-Campbell



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