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Albany High National Honor Society chapter inducts 44

ALBANY, N.Y. (December 1, 2011) -- Albany High School’s National Honor Society inducted 44 seniors Wednesday night, recognizing the students for three years of outstanding academic achievement.


The induction ceremony and dinner at Crossgates Banquet House included remarks from Dr. Celia M. Gonzalez, retired deputy comptroller for the New York State Office of State Comptroller’s Division of Diversity Programs.

"NHS members are expected to be enthused about scholarship, be willing to take on leadership roles in the school and community, approach problems and obstacles with a strong sense of morals, values and character, as well as have a desire to render service for the betterment of the community and the nation," said Albany High teacher and NHS advisor Diann Scialdo. "With the expectations listed above, I congratulate you all."

The four chapter officers also explained the four ideals of the National Honor Society.


Scholarship – Seamus Daniels, president

Leadership – Meredith O’Connell, vice president

Service – Erika Portelli, secretary

Character – Kristian Uzhca, treasurer


The National Honor Society was founded in 1921 to help create a better-rounded student who would be willing to put his or her talents to work serving others in society. Albany High’s Arista Chapter was formed in 1957 and admitted 15 students in its first group of inductees.


To be eligible for membership in Albany High’s chapter, students must maintain a cumulative average of 89.5 or higher through the first three years of high school. Congratulations to the 44 members of the Arista Chapter Class of 2012:


Mahnoor Ali

Michael S. Allinger

Vasilios Anton

Dauda Bangali

Hannah J. Bearup

Haris Bektesevic

Anne E. Bell

Shawn Berman

Kelsey L. Blake

Michelle Cavaleri

Sarah M. Chamberlain

Haley M. Chromik

Seamus P. Daniels

Molly Davis

Grant D. Dias Carlson

Sayvanna V. Fabian

Amal Hechehouche

Kevin Ho

Mackenzie M. Honikel

Kaitlin R. Huemer

Rebecca Huss

John Bryan D. Ilaya

Maya Adina Kovach

Alexandra F. Kugler

Brandon M. Laporte

Whitney Nikita N. London

Antonia M. Merritt

Nikolai H. Mishler

Shiava Morris

Abdul W. Muthuvappa

Fahima F. Muthuvappa

Meredith M. O'Connell

David T. O'Connor

John Aloysius Polec

Erika M. Portelli

Jarell J. Pryor

Kolel C. Pryor

Jasmine A. Rivera

Henry M. Ryan

Stefano Sainato

Abigail E. Salinero

Yakaira Smith

Leeanne F. Tobler

Kristian E. Uzhca


The mission of the City School District of Albany is to educate and nurture all students to be responsible citizens, critical thinkers and lifelong learners to successfully compete in the global community by providing an academically rigorous and safe environment in partnership with parents, students and the community. The district serves about 8,700 students in 15 elementary, middle and high schools. In addition to neighborhood schools, the district includes several magnet schools and programs, as well as other innovative academic opportunities for students, including four themed academies at Albany High School.

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