Alvirne High School’s National Technical Honor Society Induction Honors 24 CTE Students
‘Have a passion with things that fill you up and feed you. Do that in all aspects of your life.’ Stephanie Livsey, Keynote Speaker
December 7, 2018
by Doug Robinson
The National Technical Honor Society at Alvirne High School inducted 24 high school students into the Honor Society this past Monday night. Surrounded by family members, teachers, mentors, and school administrators at AHS’s Checkers Restaurant, these students now join an elite organization that honors the achievements and accomplishments of the top CTE (Career and Technical Educational) students at AHS.
The mission of the National Technical Honor Society is to “honor student achievements and leadership in career and technical education, promote educational excellence, award scholarships, and enhance career opportunities for the NTHS membership” writes nths.org.
The NTHS academic requirements of 3.0 grade overall grade average, combined with a 3.5 grade average within their field of study are only the price of admission for those wishing to be considered to joining the NTHS.
Students must also be a “student of good standing,” and commit to “rewarding excellence in workforce education and encourage scholastic excellence. Furthermore, students must continue to work on their skill development, be a model of honesty, service, leadership, and citizenship. The student must model individual responsibility, and promote business/industry critical workplace values” states nths.org.
Keynote speaker Stephanie Livsey, Hudson resident and a BAE Systems employee, placed the kids at ease with her encouraging wisdom. “It is ok not to know what you want to do with your life. I wish someone had told me that when I was in high school. I, too, spent a lot of time in panic. I had no idea what I wanted to do. I went to college, took the courses I liked to do, graduated, and after four years of college, I still had no idea what I wanted to do. Keep challenging yourself and love what you do. Spend your energy on what matters to you the most. Spend your time on doing things important to you. Have passion and fill your life up with those things that fill you up. Do that with all aspects with your life.”
Eiric Marro, CTE Teacher and Program Advisor, commented, “At 18, I just blew out of bed, thinking I knew it all. At 31, I was a dope, yet, thought I knew it all. At 47, I wished I was 31 again. At 58, I admit, I still have not figured it out. The resumes these kids have are something. They are all overachievers. They remind me to be constantly learning, and to continue to learn every day. These students help me be a better teacher. And for that, I thank you.”
National Technical Honor Society Inductees: Ramie Amin, Lauren Balukonis, Portia Butrym, Matthew Cassidy, Kiara Chase, Paul Chouinard, Melanie Davis, Jillian Desmond, Bridget Dopp, Madison Hoglund, Bailey Joviak, Shawn Kelliher, Sarah Lavoie, Mary Rauseo, Colby Roberts, Devon Rosier, Alicia Salvalzo, Ryan Santos, Helen Smith, Tabitha Stevens, Caitlin Udice, Connor Urbach, Lauren Vecchiarello, and Lily Zheng.