Tri-M Music Honor Society executive board members and advisor James DiMeglio.
Tri-M Music Honor Society executive board members and advisor James DiMeglio.

Tri-M Honor Society Inducts 31 New Members

january 20, 2023

Huntington High School’s Tri-M Music Honor Society chapter embraced 31 new members during Wednesday night’s induction ceremony in the School Heritage Museum.

The new class of Tri-M members includes Layna Abraham, William Berry, Mack Brunner, Liva Camarata, Ada Cruz-Gutierrez, Michaela Dopico, Deanna Elvir, Nina Fascilla, Madeline Francis, Vincenza Garofalo, Amalia Heinz, Rachel Huth, Emily Kustera, Donna Lazo-Cuchels, Caitlin Maher Dubnau, Markella Markotsis, Renee McKean, Charles Michaelian, Kayla Murillo, Ibukunoluwa Olabomi, Maggie O’Toole, Toni Reyes, Alexa Schirripa, Abby Schueller, Kyra Scott, Deandre Simmons, Eli Soric, Sam Soric, Josephine Sullivan, Lily Tierney and Tyler Wheeler.

The name Tri-M is derived from the international honor society’s original name: Modern Music Masters. Candidates for membership are required to demonstrate scholarship, achievement, leadership and service. The group has traditionally been one of Huntington’s most active and prestigious honor societies.

“The arts remain among the marquee programs in Huntington due to the efforts of so many talented students and staff members,” said Superintendent James W. Polansky, who attended the ceremony. “Having attended a fourth grade performance earlier in the day of the induction, it is not at all hard to imagine that the levels of interest and enjoyment expressed by our younger children will continue to instill even greater passion for their musical pursuits as they progress through their Huntington years. This includes their potential for future Tri-M membership. This year’s inductees continues to demonstrate such a passion and I can’t wait to see where it will take them moving forward. My sincerest congratulations to a terrific group and to their families.”

This year’s Tri-M leadership team includes executive board members Samuel James (president), Cecilia Kye (vice president), Hannah Byers (treasurer), Danielle Mendikyan (secretary) and Logan Toth (historian). Teacher James DiMeglio serves as the organization’s faculty advisor.

Short musical performances dotted the induction ceremony, which was attended by parents, friends, faculty members and school officials. Musician Michael Zigon was this year’s guest speaker.

Superintendent James W. Polansky, Principal Brenden Cusack and Assistant Principals Jully Williams and Gamal Smith were all among the audience members, which also included several members of the Huntington School Board.

“Congratulations to the newest members of Huntington’s Tri-M Music Honor Society chapter,” said Brian Stellato, district director of fine and performing arts. “We will be looking to you as the student leaders of our amazing music department. I know I can speak for our district music staff when I say that we are so proud of all of you.”

To qualify for Tri-M membership students must be enrolled in at least one music class for at least one semester, have at least a 2.0 grade point average in their core classes and a 3.0 in their music classes and be of strong character.

Huntington students are also required to perform a NYSSMA solo or ensemble selection at a Level 5 scoring 95 or above, Level 6 scoring 94 or above or Level 6 All-State scoring 93 or above in the school year prior to submitting their application.