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IS 211 Students Inducted Into Prestigious Honor Societies

IS 211 Students Inducted Into Prestigious Honor Societies

John Wilson IS 211 students take the Archon Society pledge in a recent ceremony at the East 100 Street school.John Wilson IS 211 students take the Archon Society pledge in a recent ceremony at the East 100 Street school.

The "best of the best" is the favorite phrase of John Wilson Inter-mediate School 211 principal, Iris Crystal when describing the students recently installed as members of the school’s Arista and Archon Honor societies. Arista is the honor society for high academic achievement, while Archon is for students who render outstanding service to the school.

In a moving ceremony, 50 students were inducted into the prestigious honor associations. An audience of over two hundred parents, students and guests watched as each of the honorees walked across the auditorium stage to receive congratulations and honor society pins from Crystal, Assistant Principal Josephine Stabile and Arista/Archon event coordinators Margery Tabb and Howard Steinhart.

"The Arista/Archon ceremony is truly one of the joys of the school year," said Crystal. "The ceremony recognizes some of our youngsters for the fabulous academic work and service that they do on a daily basis. To be able to do this in front of their student peers brings joy not only to me and the entire 211 staff, but the parents of all of the honored students."

Following a stirring rendition of the Star Spangled Banner, sung by Social Studies teacher Gary Chesner, Connie Tam from class 814 told the audience about the definition of Archon. Student Jennifer Tang then led in-ductees in the Archon pledge. Calling the roll were Shana Poster, Justin Donaldson and Evens Perou.

Keisha Grandison, Rachelle Mod-este, Regina Cassagnol and Kathleen Phung led the candle-lighting ceremony that symbolizes Arista’s ideals of "Character, Service and Scholar-ship." Jessica Eddy was the Arista Pledge Leader with Kyeosha Hill and Satish Singh calling the roll.

The auditorium was decorated with fresh artwork created by students from Elizabeth DiBella’s art classes.

Following the ceremony, Crystal thanked everyone involved in organizing the event, calling it a "special day" for students and parents."

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