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PA Cyber inducts 108 into National Honor Society

Nov 18, 2015

PITTSBURGH – A total of 108 new members were inducted into the Pennsylvania Cyber Charter School National Honor Society in ceremonies held at Pittsburgh, Harrisburg and King of Prussia.

At each site, inductees recited the National Honor Society Pledge in a candlelight ceremony, promising to uphold the organization’s ideals of character, scholarship, leadership and service.

Guidance counselor Robert Pulcini focused on the ideal of service in his keynote speech to inductees and their families, citing the words of Professor Morrie Schwartz from the Mitch Albom book, “Tuesdays with Morrie.”

Pulcini said, “My favorite quote from the book states, ‘So many people walk around with a meaningless life…The way you get meaning into your life is to devote yourself to loving others, devote yourself to your community around you, and devote yourself to creating something that gives you purpose and meaning’… Morrie Schwartz advised us to love others each day; it’s simple: be selfless, not selfish.”

Each inductee received a gold cord to wear at graduation ceremonies, a certificate and gift bag.

The PA Cyber NHS Chapter was formed six years ago, according to advisors Mary Crapis and Alesha Yaria. This year’s group of inductees was the largest ever, they said. Other members of the NHS Faculty Council are Paul Pupi, Stephanie Smith, Sean Snowden and Robert Pulcini.

Last year PA Cyber established a Junior National Honor Society Chapter. Induction ceremonies for that organization are planned for March.

The PA Cyber NHS induction ceremony in Harrisburg was held at the Best Western Premier Hotel on Monday, Nov. 9. Ceremonies in the Philadelphia area were held Nov. 10 at the Hyatt House Hotel in King of Prussia, Pa. In the Pittsburgh area, inductees and their families gathered at the Marriott Pittsburgh North in Cranberry Township on Monday, Nov. 16.

At Harrisburg, NHS inductees were: Ryan S. Allen, Isabel Amador, Michaela Amend, Aubrie Barker, Silas Barr, Drew Beiler, Amanda Biddle, Joseph Michael Brennan, Aaron Butters, Claire Delaplace, Jordan Dreibelbis, Madeline Eby, Alexis Fournier, Anna Hallett, Logan Harris, Kailey Harvey, Alexander Heiberg, Nicholas Irwin, Olivia LeVan, Fiona Livelsberger, Kady Judith Lohr, Mackenzie Martz, Elizabeth Morton, Claire Mulkey, Kenneth Hurley Price, Gabriella Nicole Ramer, Alexandra Salabsky, Jessica N. Smith, Sarah Stegall, Jill Thompson, Julia Toth, Halen Twarkusky, Samuel Vierling, Rose Watters, Julia Weber, Grant Yost.

Inductees at King of Prussia were: Amanda Cole, Carl J. Diehl, Chelsea Michelle Korbich, Rachel Lazzaro, Olivia Pletscher, Samantha Quinones, Aseel Salem, Courtney Schrom, Samantha Sciorillo, Emily Steinhardt, Emma Strausser and Sarah Szmaciasz.

Those inducted at Pittsburgh were: Michaela Abbs, Adessa Breann Baldwin, Kayleah Beedon, Sara E. Benzio, Kendra Biery, Emily Bittner, Rhema Blackham, Rory Elizabeth Bocan, Tessa Bramble, Mia Brownfield, Joshua Budney, Fiona Chaney, Vanessa Clarke-Deaver, Tristan Cowatch, Joseph Benjamin Cox, Skyler Day, Joram Detwiler, Abby Dorsey, Adam Fenner, Erica Ganser, Josiah Guy, Margaret Hapeman, Morgan Hartley, Rebecca Paige Hartman, Melanie Hulse, Bridget Kacprzyk, Kelsey Kiel, Kayla Knapp, Ryan Mahokey, Cassandra Mauro, Issac Melvin, Katherine G. Messner, Matthew Millero, Nicole Moore, Brogan Myers, Morgan Myers, Ashley O’Hern, Daniel Peart, Cassandra Phelan, Marissa Pritts, Brittney Roberts, Danielle Rodriguez, Jessica Sales, Emily C. Shuttleworth, Joshua Snedeker, Megan Spear, Michaela Strotman, Emily Weinhofer, Paige Wilson, Brook Wright, Kyra Olivia Znaczko.

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Serving students in kindergarten through 12th grade, the Pennsylvania Cyber Charter School (PA Cyber) is one of the largest, most experienced, and most successful online public schools in the nation. PA Cyber's online learning environments, personalized instructional methods, and choices of curricula connect Pennsylvania students and their families with state-certified and highly-qualified teachers, and rich academic content that is aligned to state standards. Founded in 2000, PA Cyber is headquartered in Midland (Beaver County) and maintains a network of support offices throughout the state. As a public school, PA Cyber is open for enrollment by any school-age child residing in the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania, and does not charge tuition to students or families.