As a result of their academic dedication, 58 Rocky Point Middle School eighth-graders were recently inducted into the school’s National Junior Honor Society.

The students were selected for this prestigious honor based on their excellence in scholarship, service, character and leadership. To be considered for induction, each student must possess an average of 93 or higher in their academic courses. Additionally, they were required to show character, community service, leadership and citizenship within an application that consisted of a recommendation from someone outside of the middle school family, resume showing the other standards with signatures and an essay where they discuss how they demonstrate all these qualities.

During the ceremony, they were celebrated by the school’s administration and advisor Dawn Callahan, as current members described the mission of the NJHS and helped to administer the membership oath.

“To achieve this honor shows all the qualities asked for by the ideal student,” said Ms. Callahan. "Students are pulled in so many directions today, that to attain all that is needed to be accepted into the local chapter of National Junior Honor Society is a true testament to their dedication to excelling in their education in every capacity. “

In addition to the new members, the ninth-grade NJHS members, who were inducted last year, worked with Mrs. Callahan to vote for a special teacher inductee. Teachers who cared deeply about their students, encouraging and motivating them to learn, were nominated for the honor. This year’s honoree was veteran technology teacher Robert Ciaccio.