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Somers Students Inducted into National Technical Honor Society

The mood was celebratory on the night of May 20th as friends and loved ones filed into the Walden School gym in Yorktown Heights to celebrate the twenty-third annual National Technical Honor Society induction ceremony. Dressed their best and grinning with pride, five Somers High School students who attend the Putnam | Northern Westchester BOCES Tech Center were honored in the student-led event.

“Tonight really celebrates the excellence of our Career and Technical Education program, the faculty and staff, and the outstanding accomplishments of more than 60 honor students representing schools of Putnam and Northern Westchester,” said District Superintendent Dr. James Ryan at the start of the evening. “The accomplishments of this group — the work they’ve done in a wide range of career and technical options — is nothing short of phenomenal.”

The Somers students inducted into the National Technical Honor Society are Brianna Lux (Medical Assistant); Kellie Kottmann, Cassandra Paone, Adelina Ademaj, and Christopher Orzech (New Visions Health). In order to become a member of the National Technical Honor Society, students must meet strict criteria, including demonstrating superior personal excellence, honesty, leadership, teamwork, and responsibility. To qualify for nomination, students must maintain a 90% average or better in a technical program and maintain an 85% average or higher in their home schools. Students go through an application process which includes writing an essay, getting three recommendations, and performing community service.

“I wish more students from Somers attended BOCES programs,” says Somers senior Brianna Lux. “It has so much to offer and has provided me with great opportunities.”

BOCES Board President Rick Kreps and administrators Dr. Lynn Allen, Todd Currie, John McCarthy, Michael Skerritt, Stephen Lowery, and James Bellucci, also attended the induction, which featured a special candle-lighting ceremony that highlighted skill, scholarship, character, leadership, and service — all of which are important attributes of NTHS members.

“In the next few months, many of you will go on to begin the college experience while others will go right into the world of work,” Dr. Ryan said. “We’re so pleased and proud that we’ve been able to provide you with an opportunity to pursue your desires, your dreams, and your passions here at PNW BOCES and to provide you with that opportunity is a result of the support of our outstanding faculty. The faculty and staff are totally committed not only to your success today and tomorrow, but in your future. We’re so proud of the results.”