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Westlake High School Inducts New Members Into Rho Kappa

New Rho Kappa inductees include Tricia Oliveras, Brian Bennett, Choloe Burns, Alexandra Falkenberg, Anglea Mangione, Ryan Stasolla, Billy Reeves and Matthew Orlander, with Margaret Cunzio, Dr. Susan Guiney, and AP Bruce Ferguson. Photo Credit: contributed
Alexandra Falkenberg was one of the seven new inductees into Westlake High School's Rho Kappa chapter. Photo Credit: contributed
Rho Kappa chapter at Westlake High School Photo Credit: contributed

THORNWOOD, N.Y. -- Rho Kappa recognizes students for achievement in social studies and community service, and its chapter at Westlake High School inducted seven new members in a recent ceremony, which County Legislator Margaret Cunzio attended.

The honor society is now in its second year at WHS. To be a member, you must have

  • four semesters of social studies, and at least six semesters upon graduation, with a grade point average of 88
  • an overall GPA of 85 or higher in all other subjects;
  • 20 hours of community service;
  • a letter of recommendation from a teacher or guidance counselor; and
  • a completed community service project or historical research presentation

Rho Kappa adviser Tricia Oliveras told the audience that the inducted students had made it a point to get involved in the community through projects such as cleaning up trails at Rockefeller State Park and historical Westchester landmarks while also researching their history. She praised both current members and new inductees. “I hope you all continue your generous acts and be an inspiration and role model to all,” she added.

She introduced Cunzio, who applauded the students for their contributions and urged them to stay involved.

Candles were lit to symbolize truth, knowledge, wisdom and service, the tenets of the Rho Kappa chapter, followed by the introduction of new inductees: Brian Bennett, Chloe Burns, Alexandra Falkenberg, Angela Mangione, Matthew Orlander, William Reeves and Ryan Stasolla.

“I have had the privilege of teaching every single one of the inductees,” Oliveras said, after the new members took the Rho Kappa oath. “They are all wonderful, hard-working students and each of them is very deserving of being part of this society.”

Graduation cords were also presented to the chapter’s 13 graduating seniors, marking their membership in the honor society. At the close of the ceremony, Rho Kappa president George Anastasiou announced an honor society project that will be of historical significance to future Westlake generations – a Class of 2016 time capsule.

“After all, we are the social studies honor society, so who better to be left in charge of this project?”

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