ARISTA at J.H.S. 47 was established in 1947 and lasted until 1982. ARISTA was similar to the National Honor Society in that it recognized students for outstanding performance in the areas of scholarship, service, leadership, character, and citizenship. The five criteria were as follows:
1. Scholarship: 85%, B average
2. Service: Volunteer service without compensation
3. Leadership: Leadership experience within the school and community
4. Character: Positive qualities including honesty, respect, courtesy, etc.
5. Citizenship: Civic involvement and demonstration of civic values such as freedom, democracy and justice
The ARISTA Code at J.H.S. 47
I will do my assignment faithfully.
I will do additional research so as to grow mentally.
I will at all times give willing service to my school.
I will, in my conduct and character, set a good example to all others.
I will do everything in my power to be a good citizen of J.H.S. 47.
I will do my best to live up to the code of Arista.
About the J.H.S. 47 ARISTA Pin
The blue and gold color of the J.H.S. 47 ARISTA oval pin, divided diagonally into two halves, represented the school colors, in comply with the National Honor Society standards. Students inducted into J.H.S. 47 ARISTA are presented with a pin.
About the new J.H.S. 47 ARISTA Board
The new J.H.S. 47 ARISTA Board, as shown above in the photograph, hangs on the main floor corridor wall. In early 2008, board members Betty Kasher ’65, Steven Fertik ’69 and William Newman ’59 and former archivist Lloyd Shikin ‘53, reconstructed it specifically for the “47” 100th anniversary celebration. It replaces the original ARISTA Board (photo below), which had been neglected over the years.