Excellence in academics, leadership and community service celebrated at BMS

More than 40 seventh and eighth graders and their family members not only celebrated the end of another school year recently, but also their induction into the National Junior Honor Society.

A prestigious club at Batavia Middle School, this honor society strives for “academic excellence and prioritizes leadership and community service,” said honor society adviser Meaghan Tederous.

This year, the group’s community service efforts included volunteering at Family Home Evening, Warm the Night and the Polar Plunge at John Kennedy Middle School. Members organized – and two members even dived, for – the Polar Plunge fundraiser. They raised more than $1,500 for Special Olympics New York, Tederous said.

To be eligible for the NJHS, a student must have a certain GPA, and the criteria differ based on each grade. A student must also possess community, character and leadership qualities, and earn a teacher recommendation, she said.

“We are so proud of our inductees and look forward to another year of celebrating academic achievement and giving back to the community,” Tederous said.

Members of the National Junior Honor Society in seventh grade are:

  • Phoebe Beal
  • Brock Bigby
  • Ryan Bigby
  • Mallory Boyce
  • Genevieve Clark-Scott
  • Parker Cohen
  • Augustin Crawford
  • Andrew Davis
  • Teegan Frens
  • Thomas Gaylord
  • Ty Gioia
  • Lilian Gray
  • Jenna Higgins
  • Nathaniel Kinsey
  • Casey Mazur
  • Emma McJury
  • Emma Moore
  • Brielle Ricks
  • Aubrey Sputore
  • Trey Tryon
  • Gretchen Weicher
  • Landyn Wood
  • Kate Woodward

And in eighth grade are:

  • Aaden Caletto
  • Alora Becker
  • Ava darling
  • Andrew Hunt
  • Bella Moore
  • Elaina Stringham
  • Elizabeth Grazioplene
  • Ella Smith
  • Julia Plath
  • Kiana Beaty
  • Lakoda Mruczek
  • Lila Fortes
  • Madeline Smith
  • marley santos
  • miah jones
  • Misael Flores
  • Noah Richmond
  • Tabitha Jett
  • Nora Wood




Batavia Middle School students participate in the annual National Junior Honor Society ceremony as club inductees, which emphasizes academic performance, leadership skills, and community service. Photos submitted by schools in the city of Batavia.

Norma P. Rex