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PA Cyber inducts 35 into National Junior Honor Society

Apr 1, 2016

Thirty-five new members were inducted into the Pennsylvania Cyber Charter School Chapter of the National Junior Honor Society in ceremonies and a dinner March 8 in Cranberry, Pa., and March 9 in Harrisburg, Pa.

The National Junior Honor Society is an organization for students in grades 6-9 which recognizes and promotes leadership, citizenship, character, service, and scholarship. The PA Cyber chapter is in its second year.

Those inducted at the Marriott Pittsburgh North in Cranberry Township were: Amiya Thornton, Avery Schaeffer, Camille Arnold-Mages, Dominic Moret, Emily Weaver, Faith Guy, Gerald Schleicher, Hannah Vukman, Jacquelyn Haniwalt, Jake Buhite, James Hinderliter, Jessica Morgan, Jordan Linz, Jordon Pater, Keilah Gindele, Lavender Holzwarth, Leif Hoffman, Livia Schleichter, Matthew Roberts, Nicole Mackenstein, Noel Sharpe and Wesley Buhite.

Inducted at the Best Western Premier Hotel and Convention Center in Harrisburg were:  Alexa Manning, Andrew McCollum, Andrew Zimmerman, Brooklyn Ramer, Gianina Galati, Grace Strausser, Henry Li, Jaronn Sigey-Ronoh, Jeana Lower, Katie Kriner, Leah Walton, Paige Lower, and Victoria Bilyk-Seguine.

Speaking at the Harrisburg induction, Chapter Student President Jasmine Rao told inductees that NJHS membership is “about getting to know your potential. It’s about finding out your self-worth.”

She said that even though college is several years away, “now is the perfect time to think about who you are … what you can become.”

“Scholarship is about much more than just grades. It is about learning and growing in many different ways,” said Sarah Seader, chapter historian, speaking in Cranberry.

Isaiah Melvin, chapter secretary, took the theme of “mind over matter” when he spoke in Cranberry. He related a personal experience in which he fell on the first hurdle of the finals of the 200 meter hurdles at the National USA Track and Field meet at St. Benedict University in Illinois.

“My mind was on top of my matter and said, ‘body, let’s go,’ and my body instinctively followed,” he said. Despite the fall, he finished in fourth place in the event, then finished third in the 100 meter hurdles.

“I encourage you to be yourself and have your mind over matter in any task, obstacle, challenge that is set before you as you continue on from this day forth. I challenge you to take advantage of the opportunities that are offered to you. Do not let matter take over your mind,” Melvin concluded.

At both events, inductees and family members were greeted by Stephanie Smith, chapter advisor, and Principal Jerald A. “Jay” Barris presented individual certificates.

Photos of both ceremonies are posted at https://www.flickr.com/photos/pacyber/albums

National Junior Honor Society inductees at Harrisburg: (left to right, seated) Alexa Manning, Andrew McCollum, Andrew Zimmerman, Brooklyn Ramer, Gianina Galati, Grace Strausser, (standing) Henry Li, Jaronn Sigey-Ronoh, Jeana Lower, Katie Kriner, Leah Walton, Paige Lower, and Victoria Bilyk-Seguine.

National Junior Honor Society inductees at Pittsburgh: (left to right, seated) Amiyah Thornton, Avery Schaeffer, Camille Arnold-Mages, Emily Weaver, Faith Guy, Gerard Schleicher, Hannah Vukman, Jacquelyn Haniwalt, (standing) James Hinderliter, Jessica Morgan, Jordan Linz, Jordan Pater, Keilah Gindele, Lavender Holzwarth, Leif Hoffman, Livia Schleicher, Matthew Roberts, Nicole Mackenstein, Noel Sharpe, Wesley Buhite, Jake Buhite, and Dominic Moret.

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About PA Cyber

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.