Six New Members Inducted into the National Honor Society for Dance Arts (NHSDA)

In 2017-2018 West Genesee High School established the WGHS Chapter of the National Honor Society for Dance Arts (NHSDA). This year an induction ceremony into the NHSDA was held on January 12, 2023 to welcome the six new members.

Induction into the National Honor Society for Dance Arts (NHSDA) Secondary Program is earned through the accumulation of at least 30 points awarded for dance activities such as dance classes, rehearsals, performances, research, workshops, or community service activities, alongside a GPA of at least 80. Their dance grade must be 93 or above. In addition, the prospective student’s demonstration of collaborative teamwork, motivation, and leadership in the many aspects of dance (e.g., choreography, performance, mentoring, production) are factors in the determination of eligibility for induction.  The goals of this program are to promote life-long learning in the field of dance and to encourage an understanding of and an appreciation for dance as an art form. This is one of the highest honor programs for dance in the United States.

These student dancers also organize a fundraiser for Comfort Cases which are donated to the county family services program and to the McMahon Ryan Child Advocacy Center. Dance in the high school provides these students with the opportunity to be creative and  is a vital outlet to the high schoolers who participate on a daily basis.  Dance also helps to relieve stress, increase health and self confidence, as well as build lifelong friendships.

Congratulations to the students from West Genesee High School who were eligible for membership and were inducted this January: Giuliana Cannata, Maura Hennessy, Megan Mathews, Kelly McManus, Alexa Pepoli, and Emily Wrobleski.

Officers for 2022-2023 are:

  • President – Emily Conklin
  • Vice-President – Emma Evanchak
  • Secretary – Sophia LeFevre
  • Treasurer – Camdyn McNeill
  • Publicity Directors – Delaney Capucilli, Grace Lamanna
  • Chapter Sponsor – Ms. Brackett
National Dance Honor Society
Pictured above in the front row from left to right are Maura Hennessey, Guiliana Cannata, Alexa Pepoli, Emily Wrobleski, Kelly McManus, and Megan Mathews, In the back row left to right are Emma Evanchak, Emily Conklin, Camdyn McNeill, Sophia LeFevre, Grace Lamanna, and Delaney Capucilli.