Honor Societies

National Art Honor Society
Advisor: Ms. Amanda Procaccino and Ms. Pamela Rizzi

This prestigious art honor society is nationally recognized by secondary schools, art schools, colleges, and universities. It is open by invitation only to those who have a minimum of an A- average in all art courses taken. Students must be enrolled in art. At our local chapter level, the NAHS raises funds for a scholarship for our members who are graduating with plans to major in art. In addition, the NAHS participates in community service projects such as the International Memory Portrait Project.
National English


National English Honor Society
Advisor: Mr. Chris Hermosilla and Ms. Nicola Ruiz

The National English Honor Society (NEHS), founded and sponsored by Sigma Tau Delta, is the only national organization exclusively for high school students and faculty who, in the field of English, merit special note for past and current accomplishments. Individual high schools are invited to petition for a local chapter, through which individuals may be inducted into Society membership. Immediate benefits of affiliation will be national recognition, scholarship eligibility, and opportunities for national networking with others who share enthusiasm for, and accomplishment in, the language arts. Eventually NEHS will hold conferences and provide ways to link NEHS with other honor societies and with organizations related to the field of English.

A faculty advisory council selects members based on academic achievements in English and overall academic achievement. Students must have a 3.75 GPA and a mnimum A- in English and complete literary service projects.


French Club/French Honor Society
Advisor: Ms. Ruth Bolger
The French Club meets once or twice a month and is open to all students. Some of the cultural activities include movies, music, current events, games, trips to NYC, and holiday celebrations. The club organizes a school-wide international dessert contest and holds several crêpe sales throughout the year.

Members of la Société Honoraire de Français are nominated after having completed 2 ½ years of French studies with an “A-” average in French and a “B” average overall. Other membership requirements include participation in language-related activities and a dedication to continue the study of French. The French, Italian, and Spanish Honor Societies hold their inductions in the spring of each year during an evening ceremony. The French Honor Society’s goals are to promote interest in the study of French, to reward high scholastic achievement, and to create enthusiasm for an understanding of francophone culture and civilization.


Italian Club/Italian Honor Society
Advisor: Ms. Christina Pivetta

Membership to the Italian Honor Society is restricted to students enrolled in classes beyond the second year. Candidates must have achieved an average of 90% or above in Italian. Candidates must maintain a general scholarship average of 80% or above. There is an induction ceremony in the spring. In addition to joining the Italian Club, members offer tutoring to other students of Italian. All students in grades 9-12 are invited to join the Italian Club. There are diverse fun activities held throughout the year, such as dinners, parties, cultural games, listening to Italian music, and Italian movies when available. Elections are held in September. The members hold a yearly fundraiser.


Latin Club/Latin Honor Society

Advisor: Ms. Moleen

To be inducted into the Latin Honor Society the students must earn an A- or better every quarter throughout their first two years of Latin study. The induction ceremony for the Latin Honor Society is held every Spring.


National Honor Society
Advisor: Ms. Daniella Colobelli

The purpose of this club is to create an enthusiasm for scholarship, to promote worth leadership, to encourage the development of character, and service. Members will participate in peer tutoring, fundraising endeavors, charitable contributions, and multiple community service projects. To be a part of this society, you must have at least one semester at West Essex and be a member of the junior or senior class. You must also have a GPA of 3.75 or better. Eligibility is based upon character, leadership, and service.


Spanish Club/Spanish Honor Society
Advisor: Ms. Caroline DaCosta

The Spanish Club is an extension of the cultural studies that take place in Spanish classes. It provides students with a social outlet related to the Spanish language and the different cultures associated with Spanish speaking countries. A student who maintains an honor average in the study of Spanish (A-) for at least three semesters is eligible for membership in the Spanish Honor Society. Furthermore, they must also have maintained a general scholarship average of 80% or above. Character, leadership, seriousness of purpose, cooperation, honesty, service and commitment to others is also included in the criteria for selection into the Society. The student must be enrolled in the study of the language at the time of initiation, and the student must have a full year of Spanish during the year of induction. No initiation is to take place earlier than the tenth grade.


Rho Kappa National Social Studies Honor Society, The Scholar Knights
Advisor: Ms. Caroline Blanchard

Each candidate for membership shall be selected to a designated chapter of Rho Kappa based on the following criteria:

Candidates for membership should have been in attendance at the school in which the chapter resides for the equivalent of one semester prior to being considered (If a special or unique circumstances merit, the high school administration may waive the semester requirement, providing a letter of explanation to the National Advisory Council). They have completed four semesters of courses in the field of social studies and be prepared to complete at least six semesters. The minimum grade-point average for these courses is an A-. They have an overall cumulative GPA of at least 3.75 or the numerical equivalent (weighted).

Candidates achieving the minimal GPA requirements may be invited to apply for membership into Rho Kappa. The application process will require candidates to show participation in activities the demonstrate civic engagement in school or community and their desire and aspiration to be a member of the organization. Applicants must have a letter of recommendation from a current faculty member.

Selection of eligible students and their election to the organization shall be determined by the faculty sponsor, faculty selection committee, and the high school administration. Candidates must meet the GPA, social studies course completion requirements and the application requirements listed above. All other methods of selecting candidates is left up to the individual chapters. A description of the selection procedures and the local chapter criteria should be widely available in a timely fashion to all the school's administration, faculty, students, parents, and community members. The National RHO KAPPA Advisory Council will not review the judgment of the faculty selection committee regarding the selection of individual members to the local chapters.


Science Honor Society
Advisor: Dr. Denise D'Meo


Tri-M Music Honors
Advisor: Ms. Donna Mateyka