The National Honors Society hosted a very significant event last Wednesday. The society accepted a total of 27 new members, consisting of 6 seniors and 21 juniors. English teacher and National Honor Society Sponsor Mrs. Coyle orchestrated the important event. Her preparation ranged from inviting guest speaker Ms. Gonderinger and officiating all of the current NHS member’s speeches to setting up the sequence of events within the entire ceremony. The ceremony kicked off with Ms. Fasano playing an instrumental to greet the procession of Ms. Regan, Sister Delores, the keynote speaker, National Honor Society president, and the induction’s themed speech givers.
National Honor Society President Ava Blankman began the event with a welcome, then followed by a prayer led by Sister Delores. Following directly after, the procession of names of the inductees and parents began. Throughout the procession, each new member was presented a certificate and membership card to National Honor Society by Sister Delores. The current members of the society were also then called up to the front to receive the Lamp of Knowledge pin from Sister Delores. All now members, old and new, joined in to deliver the McCauley Chapter Pledge. After the pledge followed a beautiful selection for the event sung by Mercy High Singers.
Overall the ceremony not only honored the upcoming members for their academic success but also motivated them to strive to fulfill the pillars chosen for the event. These pillars of Scholarship, Leadership, Character and Service were given as speeches by Annabella Glatte, Natalie Harsh, Claire Wulff-Morgan and Emily Rosenthal. In each of their speeches, they called out to the new members to grow as National Honor Society members and to expect more from themselves and their contributions. Mrs. Coyle commented on the true importance of the event, “It really recognizes students who work hard academically.
They are women who hold both appointed and elected leadership positions and serve their school and world community. They are women of integrity who do what’s right when no one is looking.”