Akiva Academy to hold first honor society

YOUNGSTOWN – The Akiva Academy will hold its first National Elementary Honor Society induction ceremony at 10 a.m. Tuesday at the Jewish Community Center, 505 Gypsy Lane.

Susan Schonberger, commission for Jewish education, said she is not aware of many local elementary schools that are members of the National Elementary Honor Society.

Twelve children will be inducted into the society and addressed by Andrew Lipkin, assistant executive director of the Youngstown Area Jewish Federation and director of the Commission for Jewish Education.

Doreen Spiegle, Akiva chapter adviser, said students have been identified as having “the characteristics worthy of a National Honor Society member.” She said those characteristics are character, leadership, scholarship and service.

Schonberger said the National Elementary Honor Society was established in 2008 by the National Associations of Secondary School Principals and Elementary School Principals to recognize elementary students in both public and non-public elementary schools for their outstanding academic achievement and demonstrated personal responsibility. Students are also recognized for their service to their school and community.

She said the society aims to develop essential leadership skills in elementary school students.

“The program reflects well not only of Akiva, but also on the entire reason,” she said.

The NEHS also provides information and resources to enhance the culture of achievement in the entire school.