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A Scholastic Celebration

Anna Podborny, Crown Writer & Photographer

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Scholarship, character, leadership, and service: these are the four principles of the National Honor Society, a prestigious organization for high school students of excellent achievement. Just applying for NHS is no easy feat: filling out the application is a lengthy and arduous process, plus one must fit the qualities of an NHS member. Being inducted is an honor and a privilege, one not granted to many students. On Saturday, October 13, thirty-two juniors and seniors succeeded in this task and were inducted into the Bishop Lane Chapter of NHS, joining the other fourteen members from the past year in a celebration of scholars.

The induction ceremony began with the lighting of five different candles: a large white one for knowledge, plus four other colored ones for each of the four attributes. The inductees were introduced by current members with a personalized speech. Each then lit a candle using the flame of the candle of knowledge, symbolizing their unique contributions to NHS.

After the conclusion of the ceremony, the members, both new and old, retreated to the theater commons for cake and various refreshments. The excitement was tangible, with laughs and cheers of jubilation piercing the air. Marissa Rybinski (12), a new inductee, stated, “I am elated, honestly. [I am] very happy, and my speech from Amanda Hoople was fantastic. She made me feel special and really honored.” Rybinski (12) is excited to see how she can participate in various NHS events, such as Rise Up and the LEAD conference.

The enthusiasm is not limited to the new inductees, however. A current member, Max Striedl (12), remarked, “I feel that the new inductees have a lot of potentials and will make our chapter an even greater success.” Striedl (12) was in charge of taking the candles from each inductee after their personalized speech.

Members new and old will participate in various projects throughout the year. These include Rise Up, an annual conference hosted by Marian for junior high students; LEAD, or the Leadership and Development conference, which allows students to improve and develop leadership skills; and an assortment of other projects such as recycling and fundraising events. While this may sound like an abundance of tasks for such a small group, the forty-six members of NHS are confident in their abilities to not only complete each but excel. After all, each one is a scholar, a servant, and a leader.

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