Here are the officers for the Monsignor Wilson Chapter of the National Honor Society at Xavier High School for the 2020-2021 school year.
President: Daniel Lyons
1st Vice President: Liam Houchin
2nd Vice President: Donald Frost
Secretary: David Parker Hunter
Treasurer: Andrew Mitchill
Chapter Historians: Dominick Delaney, Anthony Satrohan, Revanth Yalamanchi.
All members of the National Honor Society must maintain a cumulative GPA of 3.33 or higher and perform 12 hours of NHS service for each year of membership. The four qualities of scholarship, service, leadership and character must be maintained by all members of the NHS. NHS officers must have a higher cumulative GPA of 3.5 or higher in order to be considered for a position.
Each year the NHS officers orchestrate the annual Christmas Drive (a service project that encompasses the full chapter and garners support from school-community at large. That monetary drive to support St. Jude Children's Research Hospital last year surpassed its goal as it generally does.
The Monsignor Wilson Chapter of the NHS is named after the Right Rev. Monsignor James J. Wilson. Monsignor Wilson was the pastor at St. Francis Church in Middletown, very involved in advancing Catholic education and instrumental in obtaining the parcel of land on which Xavier stands today.
Ms. Jayne Vitale, NHS advisor for about 20 years, is retiring at the end of the school year.
"We have always had a large membership in NHS and it has been an outstanding presence in the school community," Vitale said. "Anyone who knows me well knows how important NHS has been to me over these many years. I have been privileged to work with the most outstanding students in their junior and senior year."
Students who graduate with NHS recognition receive a gold NHS seal on their diploma, as well as a certificate of honor from the CT Association of Schools. They also wear the white satin NHS stole with their cap and gown.
"I will miss many things from my career at Xavier — but being the NHS advisor is certainly at the top of the list," Vitale said.
Xavier High School is a private, Catholic all-boys school in Middletown, CT., and a Xaverian Brother Sponsored School.