In a ceremony held in the Performing Arts Center, the St. Johns chapter of the National Honor Society (NHS) inducted 44 new members this morning. Due to COVID-19 precautions, other than a few presenters, existing National Honor Society members did not join the ceremony live. Existing members include:
|Ethan Albright||Abbey Lantinberg|
|Julia Andrawis||John B. Linge|
|Yashas Aprameya||Gabrielle Loustau|
|Maxwell Arnold||Spencer Martin|
|Avery Baskin||Madeline Moody|
|Tilson Branch||Connor Moore|
|Fred Cone||Julia Nichols|
|Chloe Davis||Alexa Radford|
|Alexander Dimmick||Isabella Richardson|
|Alexis Drumm||Ellie Rosenau|
|Amelia Dyer||Julia Schildberg|
|Brooke Ferris||Luke Shannahan|
|Natalie Higingbotham||Jason Thomas|
|Desiree Holmberg||Alexa Verboort|
|Bianca Horen||James Wilson|
|Jacob Kailes||Anna Wulbern|
|Maggie Kent||Cade Zehner|
NHS Sponsor Elizabeth Herzog opened the ceremony, which was livestreamed at sjcds.net/live for parents, fellow students, friends, and family members.
"It is my pleasure to welcome you this morning as we welcome those juniors and seniors who have earned the distinction of membership in the National Honor Society. We are happy finally to be able to host today's induction ceremony with the students in person." Mrs. Herzog noted that seniors who have already been inducted into the National Honor Society would conduct the ceremony and turned the podium over to John B. Linge '21.
"The National Honor Society is sponsored by the National Association of Secondary School Principals," said Linge. "Its purposes are to create enthusiasm for scholarship, to render service to the school and community, to promote leadership, and to develop character in the students of the nation's secondary schools."
In order to become a member of the St. Johns chapter of the National Honor Society a student must have a cumulative Upper School grade point average of at least 3.6 at the end of the Sophomore or Junior year, must have been a St. Johns student for at least a year, must be an active participant in School activities, and must exhibit the finest qualities of character.
Even through the pandemic, Linge noted, many NHS members have continued the School chapter's primary service project—that of peer tutors.
With that, James Wilson '21 called new inductees to the stage:
From the Class of 2021:
|Alexis Agramonte||Mykel Frazier|
|Landon Brafford||Jona Kats|
|Stephanie Constantino||Walker Mathews|
|Chloe Crews||Max Monroe|
|Paige Crews||Mia Sadler|
And from the Class of 2022:
|Angie Arellano||Jeramy Lewis|
|Julia Boaventura||Jack Minners|
|John Cabrera||Kiera Moisan|
|Abbie Campbell||Jonathan Moore|
|Kaiya Cooper||Tyce Moore|
|Lauren Correia||Mia Morin|
|Walker Cowherd||Robert Morris|
|Addie Ellis||Riley Myers|
|Mary Beth Garrison||Lillian Ouattara|
|Susannah Goodwin||Luke Pardo|
|Sean Gregson||Maggie Pizzi|
|Kinley Hall||Nate Rowan|
|Evelyn Hanson||Noelle Sanford|
|Adan Herrera||Ariel Sauer|
|Jude Howell||Callum Steiner|
|Finn Howell||Matthew Stratton|
|Hannah Lemieux||Jordan Taylor|
A candle was lit as an NHS member spoke about each of the four pillars of the National Honor Society-- scholarship, service, leadership, and character-- and the inductees repeated the National Honor Society Pledge:
I pledge myself to uphold
The purposes of the National Honor Society.
I will be true to the principles for which it stands;
I will be loyal to my school;
I will maintain high standards of scholarship,
High standards of service,
High standards of leadership,
and high standards of character.
"You are St. Johns," said Head of Upper School Mary Virginia Fisher to the new inductees, "and I look forward to seeing these young men and women and what they do in their lives in college and beyond."
Congratulations, National Honor Society members!
The ceremony is available for viewing at sjcds.net/live.