STUDENT SPOTLIGHT: 6 Wilmington Students Inducted Into National Honor Society At Austin Prep

Below is a press release from Austin Prep:

READING, MA — On April 15, 48 students were inducted into the Austin Prep chapter of the National Honor Society. Inductees were in attendance in the Chapel of St. Augustine on the Austin Prep campus as the event was live streamed for family members to view from home.

National Honor Society President and senior Emma Kilbridewelcomed fellow seniors and NHS Officers Emily Pessina, Ariana Clark and Kate Simpson, who reflected on the four pillars of NHS: character, service, scholarship, and leadership. A fourth officer, senior Molly Dugan, was not in attendance.

Stephanie Choate, Austin Prep English Faculty member and National Honor Society Moderator, addressed the inductees, “Like all things this year, this ceremony is much different than normal. I can definitely say that the absence of family and friends in the pews this year is palpable because while this night is about the accomplishments of the students sitting in the room, we cannot forget the people that supported you: your family, friends, teachers, coaches, staff and administration at Austin Prep. And while their absence is definitely felt tonight, I know that there are a lot of people beaming with pride as they watch this from home.”

In his remarks, Head of School James Hickey, Ph.D.made reference to the book The Road to Character by New York Times Columnist David Brooks. “Brooks argues there are two types of virtues, what he calls the resume virtues and the eulogy virtues,” Dr. Hickey said. “Resume virtues are skills and achievements, such as high test scores, and workplace promotions that often lead to bigger bank accounts and public praise or recognition.  On the other side are eulogy virtues, the qualities of character…your humility, integrity, kindness, compassion, the love you have in your heart.”

“Despite the adoration of resume virtues, we all know deep down inside at the core of our being, that eulogy virtues are what really matter,” Dr. Hickey said.

The evening closed with remarks from Dr. Abbey Denaro, a 2005 Austin Prep graduate and National Honor Society member, who has also been inducted into the National Leadership Honor Society and the National Chiropractic Honor Society. The North Reading based chiropractor shared her experiences at Austin Prep, which served as a tremendous launching pad for her extended studies and career success in the chiropractic field.

“So I challenge you tonight. I challenge you to start thinking about what it is you dream about. And I don’t care what it is – it doesn’t have to be anything exceptionally noteworthy, like winning the Nobel Peace Prize. But every little thing in your life that’s important to you. Excelling academically, achieving fitness goals, ranking higher in your athletics, making changes in your circle – whether that’s helping your family, helping your neighbors, community or if you have bigger picture,” Denaro said.

“Our world is on the brink of some major changes. We need changes – all changes – big ones and small ones. And we need the people who are going to make those changes.”

A full list of inductees and hometowns can be found below:

Class of 2021

Stanley Alger (North Andover)

Jennifer Britto (Burlington)

Lu Chen (Reading)

Isabelle Du (Reading)

Isabel Geary (Lynnfield)

Gabrielle Vachon (Stoneham)

Cassandra Valentine (Westwood)

Edward Wei (North Andover)

Class of 2022

Ryan Ackerley (Wilmington)

Maranda Bianchi (Stoneham)

Patricia Bibeau (Andover)

John Caruso (Andover)

Aidan Connors (Burlington)

Jacob Coons (Stoneham)

Caroline Courtney (Stoneham)

Olivia Doherty (Beverly)

Nico Fanuele (Wilmington)

Melina Fedele (Windham, NH)

Charlie Gagnon (Newburyport)

Christopher Gerety (Melrose)

Liam Gildea (Haverhill)

Annie Hamilton (Andover)

Lauryn Hanafin (Wilmington)

Maria Hanna (Reading)

Madeline Hickey (Andover)

Catherine Jalbert (North Billerica)

Victoria Kouyoumjian (Billerica)

Nyree Kourkounian (Andover)

Sofia Lee (Medford)

Dan Little (Melrose)

Lauren Lopes (Danvers)

Louis Ma (Reading)

Olivia McDonald (Stoneham)

Meredith McDonough (Woburn)

Brianna Meroli (Peabody)

Katrina Michalak (Revere)

David Moro (Melrose)

Jenna Nadeau (Reading)

Kyra O’Neill (Reading)

Jacqueline Plante (Danvers)

Ava Quinn (Winchester)

Christopher Roberts (Billerica)

Arianna Shalhoub (Peabody)

Emmi Shearer (Reading)

Megan Silva (Peabody)

Livia Souza (Wilmington)

Morgan Tammaro (Wakefield)

Joseph Zuccola  (Wilmington)

National Honor Society Officers

Emma Kilbride (Stoneham)

Emily Pessina (West Newbury)

Ariana Clark (Stoneham)

Kate Simpson (Reading)

Molly Dugan (Wilmington)

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