Pictured are: front, from left - Morgan Kelly, Abigail Kluck, Julia Meiss, Megan Reaman, Mikayla Tom, Gianna Corrado and Eliza Bauder; middle, Frankie Martinelli, Carly Minchoff, Madison Miller, Brady Bobrowski, Lachlan Segedy, Alex Porambo, Mason Mattrazzo and Jakob Mummey; and back, the officers, Kerrigan Digris, Ashley Pleban, Megan Paisley, Alexis Fellin. In front left is Rev. Bob George, school chaplain, who was assisted in the Mass by the Rev. Robert Finlan, front-right.
Seventeen students at Marian Catholic High School, Hometown, were inducted into the Robert F. Kennedy Chapter of the National Honor Society during an impressive Mass and ceremony held in the John P. “Jack” Malarkey Gymnasium of the school.
Senior Eliza Bauder and Juniors Brady Bobrowski, Gianna Corrado, Morgan Kelly, Abigail Kluck, Sophia Lombardo, Anna Lombardo, Frankie Martinelli, Mason Mattrazzo, Julia Meiss, Madison Miller, Carly Minchhoff, Jakob Mummey, Alex Porambo, Megan Reaman, Lachlan Segedy and Mikayla Tom were officially welcomed by Ashley Pleban, President of the chapter, who told them, “National Honor Society membership is not only an honor, but also a serious commitment. It is a privilege, not a right. Membership is not only a recognition of accomplishments, but of a call to serve. A call to use our God given talents in service wherever we are, and wherever we go.”
The Rev. Bob George, pastor of St. Joseph Catholic Church of the Panther Valley, Summit Hill, and Chaplain at the school, celebrated the Mass in front of the student body, faculty and parents, and was assisted by the Rev. Robert Finlan, pastor of St. John XXIII Parish, Tamaqua. Father George noted the induction being part of the weekly Mass at the school made the ceremony even more special. He said, “As a small Catholic school, we try to form the entire person, physically, spiritually and academically. Therefore, we try and include God in all of our activities."
“By including God in all of our activities: academics, sports, the arts, community service and leadership roles, we remind our young men and women that everything they accomplish now and in the future, is because of God’s goodness. All of their gifts, talents, abilities and blessings are a free and loving gift from God that makes them unique and special and should be always use in a way that gives God, great, honor and glory.”
According to Dr. Kimberly Fetter, faculty advisor of the society, the induction continues the long-standing tradition celebrating scholarship, character, service and leadership established since Marian Catholic received its NHS charter in January, 1974. She said, “As we recognize our 49th anniversary as a chapter, we are grateful for our God-given gifts and talents. In gratitude, we embrace our duty to share these God-given gifts in our communities. Specifically, our current members offer tutoring as a primary service to the
Marian Catholic School community as a foundation for a lifetime of community service. We are also grateful to our alumni members who continue to bless their communities with the skills and ethic of the Marian Catholic National Honor Society.”
Head of School Michael Brennan praised the new inductees, saying, “Being inducted into the society is a tremendous achievement for each student who was selected. These students not only achieve excellence in the classroom within our rigorous academic program, but they also display leadership in the hallways and in their communities. I am very proud of these students and thank Dr. Fetter for the excellent job she does in maintaining the high standards of the Robert F. Kennedy Chapter of the National Honor Society here at Marian Catholic."
At Marian Catholic, students, teachers and administrators participate in the celebration of Mass every Wednesday. Special ceremonies such as the NHS induction, Student Council installation and other awards and honors are incorporated into the Mass.
In addition to Pleban, chapter officers welcomed the new inductees, including Vice President Megan Paisley, Secretary Kerrigan Digris, and Treasurer Alexis Fellin. Other members of the society are Rebecca Boyle, Alexander Cornmesser, Emily Eroh, Jenna Goff, Jaclyn Guth, Trinity Hoover, Addison Pan, Angela Pan, Taylor Ryba, Fatikha Tikhtova and Frank Valente. Pleban said the society’s service project theme this school year is “Local Poverty Relief,” focusing on supporting those in the community who may be less fortunate.”