National Honor Society Inducts 42 New Members

The Christian Brothers Academy chapter of the National Honor Society (NHS) officially welcomed 42 new members on Wednesday evening at the annual NHS Induction & Honors Convocation.

Joining the 36 CBA seniors who were inducted previously, the 42 new members were accepted into this prestigious society, which is based on the pillars of Scholarship, Service, Character and Leadership. As is the tradition, Principal Ross Fales conferred the ceremonial golden tassels to each new inductee as a display of achievement.

To be accepted into the NHS at CBA, students must have a minimum grade point average (GPA) of 91.5, obtained a minimum of 131.9 service hours, and achieved 10 school activities points, which includes involvement in CBA athletics, clubs & groups, and performing arts. Students are required to have multiple reviews and recommendations from CBA faculty and outside sources.

The newest class of inductees blew those marks far out of the water. The 42 Academy men averaged a GPA of 95.0, worked 153.8 hours of service, and gained 16.4 activities points. Many of the new members hold valuable leadership positions as athletic team captains, executives in clubs, camp counselors and Eagle Scouts.

“I would like to personally congratulate this year’s inductees to the De La Salle Chapter of the National Honor Society,” Principal Ross Fales said. “These young men have not only excelled in their academic studies, but have grown holistically, and truly started down the path of fulfilling the Academy Oath that they took as freshmen.”

Chartered at the Academy in 1965, The Saint de La Salle Chapter of the National Honor Society exists to promote scholarship, service, leadership and character among high school students. Membership is open to students who have completed at least five semesters at CBA and who exhibit the qualities of the four pillars to an exceptional degree.

Those students with the minimum academic average are invited to complete an application. Applications for rising seniors are considered in September. Applications for juniors and seniors are considered in February. The society is led by mathematics department chairman, Mr. Tony Cecilione.

The society’s current executive board members (highlighted by blue robes above) include President Alex Kobylowski, Secretary Matthew Vaccaro, Treasurer Rafael Coppola, and Parliamentarian Jack DeVincens.

“These students truly exemplify what it means to be an ‘Academy Man'” Fales said. “The four pillars of the National Honor Society- character, scholarship, leadership, & service- align very closely with CBA’s mission to develop ‘intellectually mature and morally responsible leaders.'”

In addition to the NHS induction, CBA recognized those individuals who achieved first or second honors for the fall semester.

Congratulations to the following new members of the NHS:

Bell, Matthew
Bottino, Eros
Cisar, Joseph
Clark, Brendan
Crilly, John
Crivello, Anthony
DeChiaro, Christian
deMello, Zachary
DeSousa, Evan
Devine, Malachy
Devine, Patrick

Dora, Michael
Farrell, Brandon
Hawkins, Eric
Heidelberger, William
Hill, Troy
Holovach, Aidan
Javier, Aidan
Keane, Christian
Keyes, Stephen
Kwon, Andrew
Lee, Christian

Manatos, Andrew
Martin, Bruce
Miller, Zachary
Mojares, Matthew
Moran, Aedan
O’Hara, Liam
Paragioudakis, George
Pinto, Anthony
Regan, Brendan
Rigney, Owen

Ruzich, Matthew
Schultz, Thomas
Simeone, Michael
Smith, Evan
Smith, Trevor
Soler, Bryan
Trezza, Paul
Valsamedis, Drew
White, Andrew
Yap, Kirk

About Christian Brothers Academy:
Christian Brothers Academy (CBA) is a private, Catholic, academic preparatory school for boys located in Lincroft, New Jersey. Founded in 1959 and taught in the Lasallian tradition, CBA is dedicated to helping students become intellectually mature and morally responsible leaders for society. Through the combined efforts of the Office of Advancement and friends of the Academy, CBA awards over $1.5 million in scholarships and financial aid to current students. Experience the Academy at