Fanning the flames of service

NHS inducts new members


Perry Overton

Celebrating her induction, Jennifer Marey gets her picture taken after the ceremony, April 23.

Over 100 students were inducted into the National Honor Society in the Commons, Wednesday, April 23 at 7:00 p.m.

Although most students know about NHS, few know much more besides those who are in it.

At the ceremony, all of the students will dress in business casual and go through the process of becoming a member of NHS.

“We got to light these candles and take part in a cool ceremony where our name was called and you’re honored in front of a crowd,” Chester Montefering, NHS president.

Not every makes the cut; Dr. McIlwee reported that 168 began the candidacy. One hundred fifty students completed their packets, and 105 are being inducted.

“It’s a very big deal”, Dr. William McIlwee, NHS adviser, said, “NHS is the nation’s oldest and largest honor society.”

Just to get in to NHS, students have to have a 3.5 GPA, get five teacher recommendations and write a single page essay that proves they exemplify each of the four pillars of NHS: character, leadership, scholarship and service.

Carolyn Frauenhoffer, new inductee, was surprised when she received her acceptance letter because last year she didn’t get in.

This year she worked harder to get better grades and revised her essay.

Although dozens apply, the organization’s routine may be unfamiliar to most of those candidates.

Kathryn Friedman, inductee, applied because she thought NHS looked good on college applications and gave her opportunities to volunteer.

As it turns out, not too many people know exactly what NHS  does besides the members.

“It helps give back to the community as a whole,” Andrew Pizzulo, member, said. “Everyone can help give back with their friends.”

Every student in NHS needs 15 hours of community service per year. Because of this, NHS as an organization can accomplish almost anything.

Members regularly do service projects such as babysitting for PTO meetings, helping out with the Fairway variety show, sending personalized Easter baskets to a children’s hospital and tutoring anyone who asks for it.

“NHS is a Scholarly organization, but really, their purpose is to give back and to serve,” Mrs. Deborah Asher, head principal, said.

So as the new NHS inductees lit their candles one-by-one, they became part of an organization that will continue to serve the school and the community long after they are gone.