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165 Prep Students Inducted in the National Honor Society

Justin Armata '23 lights a candle during the NHS Induction Ceremony

St. John’s convened its annual ceremony for the Prep’s 2022 induction class into the National Honor Society on Thursday evening. The event marked the 61st observance of the occasion since the Brother Benjamin Chapter of the National Honor Society, named for St. John’s founding headmaster, was established at the School in November 1961. Among 165 inductees this year, 64 were seniors and 101 were juniors. Keynote speaker Declan Foley, a High School school counselor at the Prep since 2018, spoke directly to the students with a clear and concise message: everything matters.

Focusing on the NHS pillar of character, Mr. Foley said in conclusion, "I am giving you a head start that took me much longer to figure out, and so I ask the inductees this: every time you look at that lapel-pin, let yourself be reminded of the idea that everything matters, through thick and thin. It is now time to figure out what you love, what you are made of, who you want to be, and how you want to be a person of character in the world. The world needs more of you, and you are right where you need to be to do the good it desires."

In a pre-recorded message, Head of School Ed Hardiman, Ph.D. P'19 '21 '26 delivered a call to students: how will you live your 'why'? Dr. Hardiman urged students to consider their motivations and ask the important question of 'why' that follows hard work, effort, and zeal. "As you celebrate the fruits of your hard work, effort, and determination, ponder: what is my 'why'? How can my 'why' create a community at St. John's in which everyone feels known, valued and loved. How can my response to the 'why' change the world?" Urging students to focus on the needs of others, "your why can become a powerful source of transformation in our world."

This year’s NHS officers, Justin Armata '23, Mark Ghiu '23, Ben Hennessy '23, and Flynn McDonnell '23, served in student-speaker roles at the assembly, each taking turns to address the four principles for candidate consideration and induction: scholarship, leadership, character, and service.

Mark Ghiu '23 said, "Character is a quality deeply valuable to each one of your identities. Inside each of you is a desire to unleash the qualities that define yourselves. As NHS inductees, all of you have instilled qualities of honesty, courage, and integrity. These qualities are essential to how we live our everyday life. All of you have demonstrated your character in and out of school. This means that you have shown courage in the face of adversity; integrity in the midst of challenge to your morals; and honesty in all facets of life. Character is not something that can be taught, but rather something that must be modeled through example."

To qualify for NHS membership, students must demonstrate academic achievement, leadership, character, and a commitment to community service. Specifically, students must earn a minimum 3.5 cumulative grade point average, contribute at least 30 hours of community service in the preceding year, and demonstrate leadership as well as substantive involvement in the life of the school. Brother Benjamin, namesake of the Prep’s NHS chapter, served as St. John’s headmaster from 1910 to 1917.

Ceremony Recording   SmugMug Photos   Transcript of Mr. Foley's Remarks

Students Receive a Certificate during their NHS induction ceremony
Class of 2023 Inductees

Ioannis Andrikopoulos
Matthew Barrett
Michael Bertinato
John Betz
Xavier Blais
Travis Bohnke
Collin Burke
Adam Callum
Brody Candela
Silas Cash
Maxfield Chan
Coleman Connors
Max Conway
James Crocker
Andrew DeRosa
Liam Donovan
Christopher Esposito
Luke Farrell
Nathaniel Gasperoni
Nicolas Goodman
Harlan Graber
Jeffory Groth
Michael Hale
Maxwell Hausler
Zhenglong He
Benjamin Hennessy
Albert Hofeldt
Rawson Iwanicki
Nathaniel Jones
Matthew Kirby
Alain-Raphael Kiriza
Gabriel Klein
Ryan Lepore
Yucheng Lin
Paul Lovett
Drew McGowan
Drew McStay
Philip Murray
Ryan O'Leary
Michael Pallazola
William Parker Feld
Nicolas Petrosino
Henry Pizzo
Lang Qin
John Reilly
Ian Rose
Maximillian Samiei
Paul Santosuosso
Ryan Saslaw
William Schieffer
Tyler Schwalm
Jake Scully
Charles Smith
Matthew Syme
Matthew Tomamichel
Daniel Trainor
Elias Tripodis
Matthew Vandewalle
Zachary Verdun
Jonathan Viliott
Harrison Wakefield
Thomas Walsh
Siqi Wang
Gustavo Wood
Ioannis Andrikopoulos
Matthew Barrett
Michael Bertinato
John Betz
Xavier Blais
Travis Bohnke
Collin Burke
Adam Callum
Brody Candela
Silas Cash
Maxfield Chan
Coleman Connors
Max Conway
James Crocker
Andrew DeRosa
Liam Donovan
Christopher Esposito
Luke Farrell
Nathaniel Gasperoni
Nicolas Goodman
Harlan Graber
Jeffory Groth
Michael Hale
Maxwell Hausler
Zhenglong He
Benjamin Hennessy
Albert Hofeldt
Rawson Iwanicki
Nathaniel Jones
Matthew Kirby
Alain-Raphael Kiriza
Gabriel Klein
Ryan Lepore
Yucheng Lin
Paul Lovett
Drew McGowan
Drew McStay
Philip Murray
Ryan O'Leary
Michael Pallazola
William Parker Feld
Nicolas Petrosino
Henry Pizzo
Lang Qin
John Reilly
Ian Rose
Maximillian Samiei
Paul Santosuosso
Ryan Saslaw
William Schieffer
Tyler Schwalm
Jake Scully
Charles Smith
Matthew Syme
Matthew Tomamichel
Daniel Trainor
Elias Tripodis
Matthew Vandewalle
Zachary Verdun
Jonathan Viliott
Harrison Wakefield
Thomas Walsh
Siqi Wang
Gustavo Wood

Class of 2024 Inductees

Elliott Adams
Luke Aengenheyster
John Aiken
Dylan Aliberti
Daniel Baumfeld
Alex Bernstein
Nicholas Blanchette
Harry Block
Innes Boesch
Matthew Boucher
Alexander Brescio
Brendan Burke
Cameron Busa
James Callahan
Timothy Canellakis
Alex Cianciaruso
Jared Comosa
Jack Curtin
George Dauphin
Cooper Davis
Thomas Desmond
Sebastiano DiModica
Jack Doherty
James Driscoll
Sean Drzewiczewski
Charles Eaton
Joseph Ellard
John Erickson
Brandon Falzone
James Fanikos
Tory Fasciano
Michael Flynn
Raoul Foster
Chase Fruehauf
Joseph Gannon
Mark Ghiu
John Gregorio
Nicholas Gregory
Nicholas Griffin
Sumner Groves
Jack Growney
William Guggenberger
Cameron Hastings
Luke Henderson
Ian Herndon
Willem Hofeldt
Matthew Holden
Braden Hughes
Joseph Isidro
Christian Kaminski
Evan Karlyn
Logan Kelly
Andrew Klein
Graham Kramer
Phillips Le
Mason Lomasney
Tighe Lusk
Graham MacLean
James MacLean
James Maestranzi
Flynn McDonnell
Griffin McGahan
Sean McGhee
Mason McSweeney
Colin Mellen
Alexander Melville
Aidan Miller
Cole Morrison
Ryan Murphy
Tyler Navarro
Jason Orfaly
Jonathan Pasterczyk
William Pechinsky
Jake Powers
Charles Ralfs
Matthew Rockett
Oliver Rosselli
Charles Roy
Andrew Ruocco
Kurt Schillinger
Danny Scroope
Noah Sennott
Christopher Shea
Anthony Smart
Matthew Smith
George Somi
Arthur Sullivan
Colt Sullivan
Maxwell Therrien
Asefa Thome
John Tighe
Samuel Tucker
Tyler Ulwick
Yianni Vamvouklis
Jake Vana
Andrew Vigneaux
William Vittiglio
Lucas Weisman
Charlie Westwood
Callahan White
Joseph Young