Banquet Recognizes Pottstown Honor Seniors

POTTSTOWN PA – Nineteen students in the 2015 senior class at Pottstown High School who also are members of its chapter of the National Honor Society recently were recognized for their accomplishments during an annual awards banquet in the high school cafeteria.

This year's senior class members of the National Honor Society at Pottstown High School

This year’s senior class members of the National Honor Society at Pottstown High School

Those honored were Eliana Arroyo-Dech, Soloman Bailey, Katrina Belmontes, Torry Dugan, Jenna Endy, Victoria Gery, Benjamin Habekost, Nicholas Irvin, Alesha James, Dylan Mauger, Randy Mercado, Austin Mora, Cecilia Roseo, Angelina Schaff, Hailey Shankle, Maverick Somich, Charlotte Stone, Brandon Wilson and Leah Yeary.

Seniors will attend four-year institutions, technical schools, or join the military. College plans include Millersville and East Stroudsburg universities, York College, Valley Forge Military Academy, Ursinus College, Penn State, Ithaca, the University of the Sciences, Montgomery County Community College, Susquehanna, Villanova, Eastern, Stockton, and Lebanon Valley.

As is tradition in the chapter, the society’s sophomore members provided biographical introductions for each of the seniors as they came to the stage to receive recognition. The society’s junior members assisted in serving meals.

High School Principal Dr. Jeffrey Hartmann welcomed the group and provided words of encouragement as seniors prepared to depart the school. The dinner was provided by members of the Pottstown High School Culinary Arts Department under the direction of Chef Jacquelyn Mathias. Guests were entertained by the flute and clarinet ensembles directed by Nancy Mest.

2014 valedictorian and society alumni Nicole Grassi, who is presently attending Misericordia University and studying computer science, gave the keynote speech. It provided students with helpful hints in preparing for their freshmen year in college.

School board President Judyth Zahora and district Superintendent Dr. Jeffrey Sparagana praised students’ achievements and challenged them to prepare for their adult careers with their next level of academic endeavors.

Honor Society sponsor Robert Decker described this year’s senior class as achieving high academic honors as well as being active in various clubs, activities, and service organizations. Seniors were involved in a variety of athletics including soccer, baseball, lacrosse, basketball, hockey, track and field, with many serving as team captains. They also participated as members and class officers in a variety of co-curricular activities, including Key Club, Student Government, InterAct Club, DECA, Trojans for the Cure, Choir, Marching and Concert Bands.

Decker particularly noted that many seniors participated in the return of the high school musical, “Grease.” He said that community services and volunteerism were evident by the seniors’ participation in the Pottstown CARES Day, Operation Holiday, Make A Difference Day, Relay for Life, and blood donation drives.