Four Chatham Students Named to Business Honor Society

Four Chatham High School students have been named to the Business and Marketing Honor Society of New York State (BMHSNYS). The students are senior Logan Shields and juniors Nathaniel Loomis, Allyson Engel, and Tatum Shea.

Membership in BMHSNYS recognizes students who have demonstrated outstanding achievement in a secondary business/marketing program. To be eligible, seniors must have completed three credits of business classes, while juniors and sophomores must have completed two credits, with the intention of completing an additional credit prior to graduation.

Students must have a GPA of 90% or above in Chatham business/marketing classes and an overall GPA of 80% or higher. Students selected for recognition also have demonstrated excellence both in the classroom and through extracurricular involvement. The scholars show evidence of character, leadership, and service within the school and/or community. Prospective students must also attain a recommendation on these merits and two additional references.

boy holding certificateLogan Shields was recommended by Ann Israel, of the Ann Israel & Associates legal recruiting firm and also a Chatham substitute, who commented, “His character is of the highest degree as well as an incredibly polite, highly educated, and extremely interesting individual.” Logan has been a class officer, an assistant producer for the school’s theatrical performances, and was involved in SADD and Gender Equality Club. He also volunteers at the Ghent Playhouse and is Secretary of the Columbia County Z-Club. Logan’s business classes included Business Law (3 college credits earned at CGCC), Theater Production & Marketing (2 years), and Marketing of the Arts.

boy holding certificateNathaniel Loomis was recommended by CHS teacher Jim Flanagan. Flanagan notes, “Nathaniel has always shown the highest degree of character, leadership, and service. Nathaniel is definitely one of those people I consider an honor to know.” In addition to academics, Nathaniel has been on Chatham’s varsity soccer team for three years, has been a member of student government, and has competed at the Senior College Programming Competition. Nathaniel’s initiative and eagerness to learn are apparent by his taking three Chatham High School courses as independent studies. Business classes taken by Nathaniel include Business Law (3 college credits earned at CGCC), Computer Applications (3 college credits earned at CGCC), Financial Literacy, and Introduction to Business.

girl holding certificateAllyson Engel was recommended by CHS teacher Scott Steltz. “Allyson is an extremely hard-working, conscientious individual who demonstrates and performs all the skills of a superior student athlete,” said Steltz. He continued, “I have known Allyson since she was ten or eleven years old and she has always been a motivated, fun student-athlete who sets goals and pursues them with every ounce of energy until she achieves them.” Allyson is a three sport athlete, playing volleyball, basketball, and softball. Allyson’s business classes included Business Law (3 credits earned at CGCC), Introduction to Business, and Financial Literacy.

girl holding certificateTatum Shea was recommended by CHS teachers Lauren Montgomery and Jeannette Antalek. Both highlighted Tatum’s strong leadership, character, and service. Montgomery said this of Tatum, “As co-vice president to the student body during one of the most difficult academic years, I have witnessed Tatum impressively identify the needs of her classmates and effectively collaborate with the other members of the student government to deliver on those needs.” In addition to being an officer in student government, Tatum was also her class president this past year and played varsity volleyball. She is a member of National Honor Society, Yellow Ribbon, the Medical Club, and the Photography Club. Tatum’s business classes included Business Law (3 credits earned at CGCC), Introduction to Business, and Financial Literacy.

The recognized juniors plan to continue taking business classes in their senior year, including CEIP (Career Exploration Internship Program), Management & Leadership, and Sports Marketing.

Seniors in good standing receive the BMHSNYS dark blue cords to wear at graduation. At this year’s graduation, in addition to Logan, seniors Sonam Verma and Morgan Ball will be wearing the cords. Sonam and Morgan became members of the honor society in a prior year.


Business and marketing classes at Chatham High School are instructed by Michael Loomis. Loomis is a Certified Public Accountant, who is finishing his ninth year teaching at Chatham after being a Controller for a manufacturing company and running his own tax preparation business.

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