THORNWOOD, N.Y. -- Fifty-five juniors and seniors were inducted into Westlake High School's chapter of the National Honor Society in a ceremony on Thursday, Jan. 7.
Four pillars of the National Honor Society -- scholarship, character, service and leadership -- are required for admission to the NHS. To be inducted, candidates must have a cumulative average of 88 or better in all subjects from freshman through the first marking period of their junior or senior year.
In addition, students must submit teacher recommendations attesting to their high moral and ethical character, have completed a minimum of 40 hours of service to the school or community and be actively involved in a minimum of three different activities in or out of school.
At the induction ceremony, each new member was introduced by a current member, lit a ceremonial candle and received a NHS certificate and membership pin. The National Honor Society members meet throughout the year and contribute to their school and community through tutoring, helping at school events and holding a holiday toy drive for the children of Blythedale Children's Hospital in Valhalla.
The Aimee Chu Hung Braun Travel/Study Grant was awarded to senior Steven Brunetto. The $1,000 award, presented each year at the NHS induction ceremony by Dr's Norma and Carl Braun, honors their daughter, a WHS grad who died in 1984 at the age of 20 after a long illness. The long-standing award recognizes students who "give of themselves to others."
Brunetto was nominated by the faculty and described as “an exceptionally generous-spirited student who has immersed himself in learning with the aim of helping others."
A global traveler, Brunetto has traveled to many countries throughout Europe with a mission to learn more about the world and to one day pursue a career involving engineering projects for underdeveloped countries.
He is an Eagle Scout, American Legion Boys State representative, Student Council class treasurer, cross country co-captain, Science Olympiad medalist, and co-president of Westlake's newly founded National Science Honor Society.