2014-2015 was the 9th school year for National Junior Honor Society (NJHS) at the Montverde Academy Middle-school. Before the end of the school year, on Wednesday, May 27th, 2015, Montverde Academy Middle School’s NJHS inducted twenty new members to their National Junior Honor Society.  Mrs. Sara Parets, the 2014-2015 Middle School Teacher of the Year, and  group’s advisor, announced the inductees.  According Mrs. Parets, “Every year we have seen growth, from our inaugural year with 12 members to our current year with 43 members, plus our 20 inductees.”  

The ultimate mission of the National Junior Honor Society is to help build leaders and do service for others. Middle-school students in the NJHS show a willingness and determination to help others.  MVA’s NJHS volunteer in the Lake County, Florida, community, raise money, collect items for those in need, and help tutor peers who need help with school. The students lead and run the meetings and activities under the direction of Mrs. Parets.  Members are selected based on the criteria that all applicants to the society must be on Academic honor roll throughout the year, as well as being on the Middle School good citizenship list.  

After these students are informed about their qualifications for applications, they may apply and provide information on their volunteer work outside of the school.  MVA Middle-school faculty then review all applicants and make their decisions on the most excellent candidates. 

It was a busy and productive spring semester for the Montverde Academy Junior Honor Society.  On March 15th,  2015, The Montverde Academy National Junior Honor Society traveled to Kissimmee to volunteer at Give Kids the World.  Hundreds of people were fed that evening.  Give Kids the World houses families with children who are raising life-threatening illnesses during a once in a lifetime week in Central Florida.  Later that month, MVA’s NJHS received the Outstanding Compassion in a Kids Food Drive Award for 2014 from the Buses n’ Backpacks organization. The annual philanthropic honor was presented this year to the MVA Middle-school NJHS for the foods raised in the 2014 Spring Cereal Drive and the 2014 Fall PB&J Drive (*it is estimated that students collected food for nearly 7,000 individual meals for area students in need).

The twenty new members to the National Junior Honor Society are as follows:

6th Graders:

  • Bella Crider
  • Cody DeJarnett
  • Kai Eisenhardt
  • Laura Emilcar
  • Andrew Megler
  • Amber Morgan
  • Akhil Patel
  • Alia Rodriguez
  • Ariana Rosenbaum
  • Taylor Sinopoli

 

7th Graders:

  • Andrew Aziz
  • Jaida Forbes
  • Kendall Lewin
  • Maya Mills
  • Madelyn Moore
  • Noah Tatlonghari
  • Dimitri Tsolakis

 

8th Graders:

  • Amber Sinopoli
  • Mackenzie Woodward
  • Yanni Zhang