National Honor Society Inducts 116 New Members
The National Honor Society (NHS) honored 116 Blue Jays as the newest members of the prestigious academic organization on Thursday, Sept. 13. The annual induction ceremony was held in the Jesuit Auditorium where nine seniors and 107 juniors were formally welcomed into the St. Aloysius Gonzaga Chapter of the NHS. The evening began with a prayer and the presentation of the colors led by the MCJROTC Color Guard. Each newly-initiated member received a certificate given by Jesuit president Fr. Christopher Fronk, S.J., and principal Peter Kernion ’90.
Founded in 1921, the NHS is the nation’s premier organization established to recognize outstanding students. NHS activities include providing a daily tutoring program to Jesuit students before school and during lunch. In addition, members volunteer at Open House, New Parents’ Orientation, College Fair Night, the Thanksgiving Drive, annual Blood Drives, the Blue Jay Bazaar, the Walk to Defeat ALS©, and many other community organizations. The Jesuit chapter of the National Honor Society now consists of 208 members.
In his comments Fr. Fronk quoted the Gospel of Luke (12:48) when he told the new members, “To whom much is given, much will be expected.” He added, “Though we live in a broken world, you have the ability to make it better by using your God-given talents.”
Chapter president and senior Nicholas Cibilich congratulated the new members for their commitment to the organization’s mission and lead the inductees in the NHS pledge:
I pledge to uphold the high purpose of the National Honor Society to which I have been selected;
I will be true to the principles for which it stands;
I will be loyal to my school, and will maintain and encourage high standards of scholarship, leadership, service, and character.
Following the ceremony, a reception was held in the Student Commons for the chapter’s newest honorees and their families. The advisers of Jesuit’s NHS chapter are Ms. Amy Tassin and Ms. Pam Catalano.