Lincoln-Way North students inducted into science honor society Thursday, January 17, 2013
Nearly 80 Lincoln-Way North High School students were inducted into the Science National Honor Society (SNHS) on Monday, Jan. 14.
The students were selected based on their outstanding commitment to academic excellence in all course work, especially in the area of science.
"I want to congratulate all the students here tonight," said Joseph Skarbek, the science department chair at Lincoln-Way North.
"There's no doubt they've worked hard for this," he added.
The Science National Honor Society was established in 2000 and welcomes all qualified secondary school students to participate in and to be recognized for scientific excellence, explained SNHS member Sarah Kirby, a senior at Lincoln-Way North.
The school formed its chapter three years ago to acknowledge the strong effort put forth by outstanding students studying the sciences, she added, going on to explain that students are inducted based on the following criteria:
Must be classified as either a junior or senior at Lincoln-Way North
Must have and maintain a 3.0 grade point average overall
Must have and maintain a 3.5 grade point average across all science courses
Among those inducted into the Science National Honor Society on Monday were: Michael Balcerzak, Ariel Beja, Justin Broderick, Matthew Burke, Nikolas Burkman, Michelle Burlinski, Meghan Castrogiovanni, Mandy Chmieleski, Mary Ciszek, Cole Claypool, Erin Creedon, Emma Cunningham, Margaret Curtin, Jessica Demma, Angela Dizon, Connor Doherty, Bethany Dombkowski, Tara Enright, Holt Erikson and Natalie Estrada.
Also inducted into the science honor society were: Austin Faller, Zubair Farooqui, Samantha Fowler, Emilee Gerk, Thomas Gilchrist, Frank Gonzales, Ellen Graham, Haley Hamann, Joshua Handzik, Sarah Hastings, Emily Hodges, Morgan Hoger, Troy Holder, Marc Huladek, Julian Hylton, Megan Kapala, Amanda Kemp, Kaitlyn Kilpatrick and Olivia Knuth.
Additional inductees included: Kristen Koviekis, Matthew Koviekis, Derek Lee, Alexander Littleton, Michelle Lorenz, Jasmine Love, Alyssa Marchal, Jennifer Michuda, Michael Miller, Thomas Misiaszek, Tyra Morgan, Shannon Murphy, Ryan Nolan, Madelyn Norkiewicz, Bryon Nush, Morgan Parkinson, Mark Perez, Annemarie Pettet, Samantha Pietruszynski and Richard Prokop.
Also inducted into the Science National Honor Society were: Jack Quirk, Patricia Remblake, Katherine Reynolds, John Scott, Anna Sendra, Katherine Shatkus, Megan Slowick, David Smith, Ali Stachowicz, Kyle Stanuch, Savanna Steck, Nicole Suhm, Evan Surma, Collin Swaim, Spencer Town, Kaitlyn Utsch, Nicolette Wagner, Elizabeth Warkocki and Michael Wells.
SNHS member Nick Bielanski, a senior, led the inductees in a pledge, which had them promise to do their best to represent the academic goals of the Science National Honor Society at Lincoln-Way North and to encourage the pursuit of scientific knowledge that benefits all mankind.
Science teacher and SNHS co-sponsor Lauren Sick announced the formation of an annual scholarship that will bear the name of the school's first principal, Dr. Michael Gardner, who is retiring at the end of the school year.
The scholarship, which is open to all senior Science National Honor Society members who are pursuing science, engineering or technology in college, will be a yearly commemoration of Gardner's leadership and dedication to the Lincoln-Way school district, she added.
Applications for the Science National Honor Society Dr. Gardner Commemorative Scholarship will be available at the end of February and awarded at the Senior Awards Night.
Gardner, who began his educational career as a biology teacher, said he was intrigued by science at an early age and is happy to see so many students share his passion.
"I congratulate them for their outstanding work and inquisitive minds," he said of the students inducted into the SNHS on Monday.