ELMSFORD, N.Y. -- Teachers, administrators, school board members, parents and Elmsford Mayor Robert Williams attended the National Elementary Honor Society annual induction ceremony on Wednesday, Feb. 15, at the Alice E. Grady Elementary School.
Nine new members were inducted to the prestigious group. They included fifth-graders Sherif Abdelaziz, Mark Cajamarca, Yuriy Kryvoruchko, Lauren Maresca, Digna Pintado and Saivikas Shivakumar.
The sixth-grade inductees included Carmen Bendezu, Jack Fox and Carissah Smith.
Returning NEHS members, who were also part of the ceremony, included Megha George, Jaidan Giglio, Keianna Lewis, Eric Lopez-Mendez, Helen Oliveros, Isaiah Trudeau and Kyra Ward.
Membership in the NEHS is considered to be one of the highest honors that an elementary school student can achieve. Inductees are selected based on their academic accomplishments and also on their personal responsibility, commitment to service and leadership qualities, according to a release from Southern Westchester BOCES.
English as a New Language teacher Lucianna Alaimo serves as the chapter’s advisor.
“Scholarship, leadership, responsibility and service are all traits that you possess,” said Superintendent Dr. Joseph Ricca to the inductees. “When you combine those character traits together, you can change the world.
"I have no doubt in my mind that if each and every one of you continue to put the effort and the attention that you’ve put into your studies so far into the remainder of your studies and indeed throughout your lives, then each and every one of you can become leaders and make the world a better place.”