Social Studies Honor Society officers Lindsay Saginaw, John Riley, Nicole Arenth, Zach McGinniss and Casey Moskowitz.

Social Studies Honor Society Welcomes New Members

Social Studies Honor Society officers Lindsay Saginaw, John Riley, Nicole Arenth, Zach McGinniss and Casey Moskowitz.

November 13, 2017

Huntington High School’s Rho Kappa Social Studies Honor Society chapter welcomed 39 new members during a recent induction ceremony in the School Heritage Museum.

Prospective members must have a minimum unweighted academic average of 90 in social studies courses and 85 overall. The society seeks to recognize excellence and promote engagement in social studies. Teacher Kenneth Donovan serves as the organization’s faculty advisor.

The new inductees include Matthew Baker, Christian Bellissimo, Erin Bonitz, Katherine Burton, Terrel Cox, Anna Crockett, Christiana DeLuca, Luke Farrell, Sara Frawley, David Fredericks, Emma Grassi, Mathew Hearl, Ryan Hoffmann, Candido Martinez, Annabella Matheus, Michael McCooey, Noah Morris, David Mosden, Mia Nitekman, Jackson Pitti, Matthew Quinn, Katherine Riley, Edgar Rivas-Lizama, Samuel Roberts, Max Robins, Kaitlyn Sage, Arashdeep Singh, Casey Smith, Alyssa Sorensen, Dominick Stanley, Katherine Stock, Ariana Strieb, Charles Sze, Melisa Torres, Christina Varady, Erika Varady, Nicole Walsh, Jenna Yabroudy and Graham Young.

The more than three dozen new members promised “to serve others, to search for truth, to utilize knowledge and to seek wisdom through the pursuit of academic excellence in the social studies.” The teenagers pledged “service to Huntington High School and to the community; for true scholars of the social studies lead by example.”

The Huntington chapter is led by Zachary McGinniss (president), Casey Moskowitz (vice-president), John Riley (treasurer), Nicole Arenth (secretary) and Lindsay Saginaw (historian).

This marked the Huntington chapter’s fifth induction ceremony since it was founded. This year’s guest speaker was Northport High School social studies teacher Darryl St. George.

Huntington Superintendent James W. Polansky, Principal Brenden Cusack and Chairman of Humanities, 7-12 Joseph Leavy were among those in the crowd.

“Rho Kappa Social Studies Honor Society is the only national organization for high school juniors and seniors that recognizes excellence in the field of social studies,” states the group’s national website. “Any accredited public high school or non-secondary school can apply for a local chapter, through which individuals will be inducted into Rho Kappa Honor Society. Rho Kappa provides national recognition and opportunities for exploration in the social studies.”

The National Council for the Social Studies started the Rho Kappa Social Studies Honor Society in 2011.

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Zachary McGinniss is president of the Social Studies Honor Society.
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Ken Donovan is the Social Studies Honor Society's faculty advisor.