The New Milford High School chapter of the French National Honor Society recently conducted its annual induction ceremony.

Adviser Barbara Polley gave a few introductory remarks and then introduced this year’s chapter vice president, Kimberly Palmer, who welcomed attendees and served as a host for the program.

Kimberly introduced her fellow hosts, chapter co-presidents Zachary and Katherine Polley, who led in the members and the 17 inductees.

Congratulatory remarks were offered by Elizabeth Curtis, an NMHS assistant principal, and Schaghticoke Middle School French teacher Susan Partelow.

Michael Abraham, an NMHS history teacher, delivered the keynote speech.

While not a French speaker, Abraham talked of the importance of learning other languages and the role learning a language plays in helping to understand other cultures.

Chapter historian Kailyn Schuster offered those present a summary of the group’s activities over the past year.

They included the annual Star Project, associated with New Milford Social Services during the Christmas season, plus several bake sales, an Ultimate Frisbee tournament, and helping Social Services with a food drive sponsored by the United States Postal Service.

A slide show of the year’s activities — set to the music of Eric Vincent, who performed at the high school in October — was enjoyed by those in attendance.

The formal induction ceremony climaxed the event.

The lights were brought down as a ceremonial candle was lit. The candles represent the tradition brought from ancient Greece of the passing of the flame.

As each student passed the flame to the next, he or she recited the oath of the group, stating a person who speaks two languages has the worth of two people.

Inductees included Daniel Andrejczyk, Cassandra Bielmeier, Shayna Caprio, Krystal Ferrante, Cesar Gavilano, Meave Ginnane, Katherine Grinnell, Emma Hallacker, Tyler Helmus, Kurt Jonke, Taylor Kersten, Viseth Neak, Charlotte Rothen, Elizabeth Schlyer, Olivia Thalassinos, Tyler Volansky and Kelvy Zucca.

The five seniors graduating this Saturday, June 20, were then recognized with gifts of tri-color graduation cords in the French blue, white and red, along with copies of Dr. Seuss’ “Oh, The Places You’ll Go.”

The members of the scholarship committee then presented senior Kevin Bun with a $500 scholarship.

The ceremony ended with the singing of “La Marseillaise,” the French national anthem, led by senior Kezia Varughese.