NHS Induction

A Night to Remember

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Principal Leigh Joseph

New members gather with lit candles as they recite the pledge during the ceremony.

Camden Foley and Ethan Korenda pose for a picture as they sign the membership book. (Photograph by Zoey Zhu)

The National Honor Society (NHS) Induction took place at 6:00 P.M. on Thursday, September 29th, 2022, in Tantasqua’s Auditorium.

Induction night is a momentous occasion, celebrating not only the academic achievements of new inductees, but also their commitment to the pillars of NHS: scholarship, leadership, service, character, and integrity.

This formal event also included the families and friends of each inductee in the audience.

NHS President, Casey Ellison (senior), acted as the master of ceremonies. Speeches were given by Principal Leigh Joseph, NHS advisor Ms. Martha Sullivan, a guest speaker, and superintendent Ms. Deborah Boyd. Each of the executive board members also gave speeches focused on the pillars of NHS: Ella Grant (Parliamentarian) gave a speech on Service, Katelyn “Katie” Schneider (Historian) gave a speech on Character, Zoey Zhu (Vice President) gave a speech on Scholarship, Samantha Forgit (Treasurer) gave a speech on Leadership,¬† and Kaitlynn “Katie” Riley (Secretary) gave a speech on Integrity. As each executive board member finished their speech, they lit the ¬†following speaker’s candle. This would transition the night into the candle-lighting ceremony.

Inductees were instructed to stand as their names were read by Riley.

NHS Executive Board pose together after the induction ceremony for new members. (Photograph by Zoey Zhu)

Ushers, who were all active NHS members, handed out candle sticks and lit the first candles in each row while reciting, “As I give this light to you, so may you give this light to others.” This action and sentence was repeated as the candle flame was passed down each row of new inductees in a momentous domino effect.

Once every inductee’s candle was lit, Ellison led all current members and inductees in the NHS pledge. With this final step complete, a new class of National Honor Society members were successfully and officially inducted.

NHS advisor, Ms. Olivia Ricci, closed out the ceremony with a final speech.

All newly inducted NHS members signed the membership book and took pictures with their families and friends, concluding a wonderful and memorable night.