Twenty-seven students inducted into the National Honor Society

On Thursday evening, April 22, HANC High School held its 45th National Honor Society Induction Ceremony, honoring its current members of this prestigious organization and welcoming 27 inductees into the Maalot Chapter. Members of the Honor Society must maintain a 92 average and represent excellence in Torah, scholarship, service, character, and leadership.

Rabbi Eli Slomnicki, Principal/Menahel, opened the ceremony in the HANC auditorium with a brief d’var Torah emphasizing the importance of living a life as a true ben or bas Torah. This was followed by the Star-Spangled Banner and the Hatikvah.

Mrs. Marie Palaia, Associate Principal and Faculty Advisor of the Honor Society, greeted the audience and introduced the officers of the Honor Society. She welcomed the officers to the stage to light candles and speak about the main tenets that represent the pillars on which the Honor Society stands. Co-Presidents Nava Lippman and Gabe Lovy, Historian Moshe Wieder, and Co-Vice Presidents Ori Baer and Grace Herschberg each delivered a short d’var Torah and an explanation before lighting his/her candle. Junior Historian Rena Hackel read the National Honor Society code.

Rabbi Eli Slomnicki, Mrs. Marie Palaia, and Ms. Tziporah Zucker, Assistant Principal, presented the new inductees with their official certificates and membership cards.

Morah Batsheva Fink, distinguished Tanach teacher, was chosen by the members of the Honor Society to deliver the keynote address. The audience was riveted by her poignant message, which emphasized the underlying importance of Torah in helping to shape the world and make a difference while keeping to the academic pursuit.

Rabbi Daniel Mezei, Director of Student Life, and Mr. Avi Smus, Dean of Students, took the stage to read the accomplishments of our senior members and thanked each student for his/her service to HANC.

Prior to the ceremony, students were invited to a dinner catered by Oma’s Sushi and Grill. Faculty, parents, and families viewed the program virtually. Mazal Tov!