29 Johnston High School students join National Honor Society


Johnston High School held its first in-person event in more than a year.

“It is a great honor to be inducted into the National Honor Society,” said Caleb Lee, President of the school’s society. “We knew we needed to do everything we could to be here today.”

New members of the Honor Society banded together early this year, spending the pandemic performing impressive feats of community service.

They held blood drives and park cleanups and collected toys at Christmastime for families in need.

“The amount of work we were able to accomplish under the circumstances is something to be proud of,” Lee said.

New members were called onstage one-by-one. In all, 29 students joined the National Honor Society last week.

Honor Society advisor Emilia Ruggiero told the crowd that it was “so fitting” that the Honor Society induction ceremony was the school’s “first in-person event since 2020.”

Parents took seats in small groups, while the students filled the center isles, seats spaced between them.

“I’m very proud to say I am principal to these fine young people,” Principal Dr. Donna Pennacchia told the small crowd gathered in the school’s auditorium. “They all worked very hard under very stressful circumstances.”


  • Ifeoluwa Alarapon
  • Kayla Aquilante
  • Joyce Armstrong
  • Gabriella Athaide
  • Ian Michael Cabrera
  • Grace Centracchio
  • Patricia China
  • Trista Clark
  • Nicholas Cronan
  • Maxwell El Hage
  • Melissa Garofalo
  • Laila Harrington
  • Caleb Lee
  • Audry Mahony
  • A’amani Maxie
  • Brooke Marcotte
  • Sarah Monahan
  • Olaitan Olagundoye
  • Derek Papa
  • Sofia Paris
  • Ava Pastore
  • Nicholas Petrillo
  • Melanie Privitera
  • Brynn Roche
  • Justin Salvatore
  • Skyler Stone
  • Grace Thomas
  • Melanie Vessella
  • Caitlynn Zinni


  • Caleb Lee, President
  • Kayla Aquilante, Vice President
  • Trista Clark, Historian
  • Sarah Monahan, Parliamentarian


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