STORY AND PHOTOS BY BJ GRECO
On Wednesday, April 23rd, 40 juniors and seniors were inducted into the Tappan Zee High School History Honor Society. The evening included speeches from several of the organization’s officers, the screening of a student-created documentary entitled “Crime and Punishment in Rockland County,” congratulatory remarks from advisor Matthew Robertson, and a special presentation from nationally-renowned author Jeanine Cummins. After her memoir “A Rip in Heaven” became a bestseller, Ms. Cummins turned to writing full time. Her first novel, “The Outside Boy,” was the winner of the Booklist Editor’s Choice Award. Her second novel, “The Crooked Branch,” is set, in part, during the Irish Potato Famine which required Jeanine to conduct extensive historical research on the topic.
Membership into the History Honor Society is contingent upon maintaining at least an 88 average in AP/Honors history courses or a 92 in Regents-level social studies classes, crafting a project for the National History Day competition, and completing 12 hours of community service. Juniors receive a certificate of induction and seniors receive a pin that can be worn on their gowns during graduation exercises.