By Andrea Dilao
Mason’s chapter of the National Honor Society (NHS) conducted its annual induction ceremony to welcome yet another group of new members. This year’s ceremony was held in the auditorium, and as the evening progressed, 44 students officially became a part of NHS; adding to the 37 active members.
“The whole night went on without a hitch, which was really nice,” said NHS President Anna Ayre.
The Society admits a new batch of juniors and seniors every year, and though the characteristics and qualifications to become a part of NHS stay constant, some components of the process of induction were different this year.
Students must have character, scholarship, leadership, and service to be eligible for the exclusive club. These qualities are based on ratings by the faculty, a student’s grade point average, participation in extracurricular activities, holding a leadership position, and service hours.
“It’s a very rigorous process on purpose,” said Ayre.
The ceremony was similar to those held in the past for there was music provided by the jazz band, and refreshments courtesy of senior members. However, it was held in the auditorium this year instead of the Mustang Café, and inductees received only a certificate, unlike the ceremony in 2008 when they were also given flowers and candles, as seen here.
Vice President Sally Karstens, Secretary Juliette Hegadorn, and Treasurer Alexandra Marple, along with Ayre, also gave speeches to further elaborate the ideals behind NHS, and the individual elements of scholarship, service, character, and leadership, respectively.
“It feels great to finally be a part of the Society,” said junior James Pala. “I’m proud of what I’ve been able to accomplish to become a member of this excellent organization.”
For more information about the National Honor Society, visit http://www.nhs.us/