Nicole Bagala ‘20
NHS Induction Ceremony
Do you follow BHS rules? Do you keep up your grades? Do you show the five contents of PRIDE? Then you could be eligible for the National Honors Society. The National Honors Society is a nationwide organization that juniors and seniors can apply to in order to be recognized as an outstanding student, who embodies the four pillars of NHS: Scholarship, Service, Leadership and Character.
“The hardest part for the students is the application process,” explained the NHS Advisor Ms. Burke. “There’s a lot of components to it and it can be very overwhelming. But it’s worth it because students show that they have a pattern of leadership, strong roots in character, a love of strong scholarship and a community mind.”
This year, a record number of 37 students were accepted into NHS. The ceremony took place on November 26 at 7 p.m. in the auditorium. Jonathan Ethan ‘20, the NHS President, called each member up on to the stage to light a candle from one of the five NHS candles. Members also signed the NHS book to signify their admittance to NHS.
Mr. Ciparelli was invited to speak and inspire the new inductees during the ceremony. In order to address the NHS pillars of service, he imparted his words of wisdom, referencing famous inspirational quotes by Mahatma Gandhi, Confusius, Abraham Lincoln and others. His speech reinforced the qualities of a good leader, as he quoted Nelson Mandela, who explained that a leader is “like a shepherd. He stays behind the flock, letting the most nimble go out ahead, whereupon the others follow, not realizing that all along they are being directed from behind.”
Just like being a strong leader, there is always work that needs to be done and with the lighting of the candle, each NHS members pledged to continue to embody the four pillars.
“To remain in NHS, I need to continue to uphold my leadership skills, maintain my character, continue to do community service and maintain my GPA,” said new member Kaela Herzog. “I look forward to being able to put this on my resume, getting to know my peers more and for the opportunities ahead, such as volunteering and promoting the pillars in BHS.”
Congratulations to the new NHS members.