Huntington High School’s Art Honor Society embraced 15 new members during the organization’s annual induction ceremony in the School Heritage Museum.
The inductees include Johanna Campos, Jazlyn Chapas-Oliva, Charlotte Cheshire, Jordan Cook, Kianna Criscuola, Naysa Escobar, Jordan Forte, Michael Gerardi, Angelica Hernandez, Christina Hornstein, Baylie Larsen, Maison Maerz, Emily Plachta, Jessica Quintanilla and Daniela Ramos.
The group is led by President Rocio Trujillo, Vice President Josie Fasolino, Secretary Niurca Chabla-Leon and Treasurer Shyann Maragh. Art teacher Kim Valerio serves as the faculty advisor.
Ms. Chabla-Leon illuminated three candles on the stage during the induction ceremony, including a purple candle “to foster excellence and a dedicated spirit to the visual arts,” an orange candle “to further creative abilities among art students” and a pink candle “to bring art to the attention of the school and community.”
Ms. Fasolino led the incoming members in the recitation of the following pledge during the ceremony: “I will in my life, to the best of my ability, through my talents in art, help to create a more beautiful world for myself, for making and all living things.”
In addition to the organization’s officers, continuing members include Kelly Alfaro-Alvarez, Brooke Biernacki, Moira Contino, Beanna Cumella, Mia D’Allessandro, Elizabeth Dugan, Erik Flores, Natalie Furman, Julia Giles, Caroline Hartough, Molly Kessler, Angelina Larkin, Bianca Lella, Jessica Lemus, Lauren LoScalzo, Vivienne LaVertu, Paige Mangan, Karley Mathews, Raul Orozco, Caitlyn Palermo, Gianna Prosseda, Rosa Rivera, Julian Segal, Sarah Siegel, Aniya Toro, Isabella Toscano, Brandon Varady, Steli Vlahos, Grace Wildermuth and Holly Wright.
“The purpose of the Art Honor Society is to inspire and recognize those students who have a profound love or art and demonstrate creative talent,” Ms. Maragh told the induction ceremony crowd. “Students in the Art Honor Society work to promote art in the school, community and internationally through various activities and service projects. Its members help one another to achieve the highest standards and share the importance of art education throughout the district, the community and beyond.”
District resident and artist Patrick Giles was this year’s guest speaker. Director of Fine and Performing Arts Eric Reynolds also addressed the crowd.
The new inductees were presented with their membership certificates by Ms. Trujillo, who also offered closing remarks. A small reception followed outside the School Heritage Museum.
Contact Mr. Reynolds at email@example.com for more information about the department’s offerings and programs.