Mark Gearan discussed leadership and service as keynote speaker at the National Honor Society induction ceremony at DeSales High School.
March 27, 2002 GENEVA, N.Y.—Mark D. Gearan, president of Hobart and William Smith Colleges, joined with several members of DeSales High School to induct three high school juniors into the National Honor Society on Monday. As keynote speaker, President Gearan discussed topics to which he has devoted much of his career: leadership and service.
“I was inspired by the commitment of the DeSales High School students to their academic work as well as service. They are future leaders of our country and I was impressed with their energy and determination,” President Gearan said.
President Gearan is the former director of the Peace Corps who remains an active voice in the nation’s discussion of service and education. President Gearan was confirmed by the U.S. Senate to serve on the board of directors of the Corporation for National and Community Service, which engages Americans of all backgrounds in community-based service through such programs as Americorps and Service Corps. He was also appointed to the National Board of Governors of The Partnership of Public Service in Washington, D.C., a new organization aimed at revitalizing public service by encouraging young people to pursue federal service careers. Additionally, he serves on the board of the National Campus Compact and as co-chair of the New York Campus Compact Executive Committee, an organization of college presidents who are committed to the goals of public service, civic engagement, and service learning.
The three DeSales students inducted were Amanda DeMaria, Morgan Johnson, and John Lindley III.
Other speakers included four DeSales seniors: David Whitehouse who spoke on character, Suzanne Pohorence who spoke on service, Class Secretary Kathryn Penta who spoke on leadership, and Class Treasurer Ryan Scherer who spoke on scholarship. The National Honor Society pledge was led by Senior Julia Augustus.
The candidates were presented by seniors Sarah Mantell, Class Vice President Daniel Peters, and Maria Piscitelli, who each introduced one of the candidates. Opening and closing remarks were given by National Honor Society President Shelley Amberg.