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Wantagh High School’s National Honor Society inducted 89 new members during a traditional candlelighting ceremony, held in the auditorium on Dec. 4. The evening featured words of wisdom from administrators, musical interludes from the high school’s string chamber ensemble and the singing of the national anthem by Carlo Tobia.

Principal Carolyn Breivogel relayed a story reminding the students that “actions are more powerful than words.” Superintendent of Schools John McNamara noted that through the inductees’ sacrifices along the way, they have “earned a seat here.” Keynote speaker and Math Supervisor John Watson said he wants his daughter to grow up to be an honorable person, like the students being inducted into the National Honor Society. He also encouraged the students to continue their contributions to society, because it is through support that each of them has received a true education.

Society trustees Sarah Cashton, Hannah Dougherty, Jillian Laino and Lauren Salerno then lit the candles, representing the tenets of scholarship, leadership, service, character and citizenship. Prior to the induction of new members, new members were led in the society’s pledge by co-vice presidents Katie Browne and Brianna McCartney.

NHS co-presidents Andriana Patmanidis and Constantine Patmanidis congratulated the inductees and offered two points of advice; Andriana said “deeper learning is the key to education,” while Constantine noted that “success comes with life balance” and “finding what works for you.”