The group of individuals dedicated to the improvement of our National Honor Society Chapter and to the administration of service throughout our city.
Mrs. Shari Bush, Advisor
Mrs. Bush is our fantastic NHS Adviser; she's served as an amazing resource for hundreds of students at Cypress, and even more so for our own National Honor Society Chapter. She's also the College Adviser and is responsible for working with all Cypress Bay students on navigating through the convoluted process to get into their dream school. She is looking forward to her continued role with the National Honor Society and working with the 2019-2020 officers and members. Mrs. Bush loves spending time with her family and is most happy when watching "Usher" on The Voice!
Gbemi Awonusonu, President
Gbemi Awonusonu is a senior and the president of the National Honor Society. She is a self-ascribed bookworm and would do anything for a good novel. In addition to being the president of the National Honor Society, Gbemi has been the co-captain of the Public Forum Debate team for two years. She is also the treasurer of PASL, a club dedicated to helping struggling students meet the school's graduation requirements. If she's not busy debating the benefits and harms of different economic policies in developing countries, Gbemi is most likely competing at a math or science competition. An avid learner, Gbemi, believes education and activism are powerful tools in solving social ills. In her free time, she is most likely hanging out with friends and family, reading, baking, or biking. Gbemi is beyond excited and honored to be the president of NHS and is looking forward to all of the exciting, upcoming opportunities to help her community and many others.
Sionika Thayagabalu, Vice President
Sionika Thayagabalu is a senior and is one of the Vice Presidents of the National Honor Society. She looks forward to working with all of the members of NHS, whether that be virtually or in person. Sionika is extremely passionate about helping the community and strives to create a unique set of opportunities for our remarkable members to volunteer throughout this year. Outside of school, Sionika is a social media ambassador for Women Empowering Women Inc., an organization aiming to provide women of all socio-economic classes with the tools necessary to unlock their full potential. She is an active member of the Math Honor Society and enjoys tutoring. In addition to her leadership in the NHS, Sionika is president of the STEP-UP Club at Cypress Bay, a program designed to help students achieve academic success. In her free time, Sionika loves to dance, paint, and go on biking excursions. Sionika truly believes that with the amazing group of talented individuals our National Honor Society possesses, we can make incredible change!
Jean Qian, Vice President
Jean Qian is extremely excited to be serving as one of your Vice Presidents of National Honor Society. A long time animal lover, she currently serves as Co-President of Cypress Bay Paws Club and regularly volunteers at the South Florida Wildlife Center. Additionally, she is passionate about social justice and politics, using research and advocacy skills developed from being Cypress Debayte’s Public Forum Co-Captain to be heavily involved in activism, with campaigns on the local and national level, and increasing civic engagement among underrepresented communities. She always has a book or music recommendation on hand, and enjoys writing and reading in her spare time. For the upcoming year, she hopes to create an environment in the club that encourages students to pursue their own passions, built around the four pillars of NHS.
Cole Carpinteri, Treasurer
Cole Carpinteri is the Treasurer of this chapter of the National Honor Society. He feels very passionate about helping others and giving back to the community. He has been involved in SGA for the past 3 years and has volunteered frequently inside and outside of school. For the past 7 years, he has played travel soccer for Weston FC, where he has played in multiple tournaments overseas, and thoroughly enjoys watching the Premier League every weekend. He has participated in FBI programs during the summer, and hopes to become an FBI agent one day. In his free time, you can find Cole watching sports or Netflix or playing sports with friends.
William Chiang, Secretary
William Chiang is one of the two secretaries for the National Honor Society. He is extremely motivated and passionate about helping the community. Besides NHS, William also does computer science and has been on the competitive travel team. He is also very interested in engineering, serving as the Vice President of Technology for SHPE, designing and executing exciting projects. Outside of school, he likes to play tennis, travel, and hang out with friends and family. William is extremely excited about being an officer for NHS and is ready to make this year the best it can be.
Isabella Bongiovi, Secretary
Bella is one of the secretaries for this year’s National Honor Society. She is also the ambassador captain of the Varsity Football Cheer team. Her fervor for theatre and the arts is displayed through her participation in Cypress’ AMT 3 class and commitment to aiding in the AMT 2 show. Outside of school, she has been a dancer for 14 years and continuously uses this passion to contribute in service of others. Overall, Bella is extremely excited to work with this year’s members and outstanding board to power through these unprecedented challenges and have an amazing year!
Mason will be serving as the NHS Ambassador for the 2020-2021 school year. Mason is a community leader who has years of experience working with service organizations like BBYO and Camp Jenny. Mason’s favorite part about being NHS Ambassador is working to develop more engaging service projects that members can participate in. Mason can’t wait for what’s to come for NHS this year.