By Dan Yokajty and Caroline Wong
On Wednesday, December 3, Bellbrook High School held their annual National Honor Society Induction ceremony. This year 60 students were selected to join the National Honor Society, 58 Juniors and 2 Seniors. These students applied in early November and were tapped during the school day on November 21.
During the ceremony, the 60 inductees were praised in front of an audience of parents, grandparents, and members of the community. The ceremony started with kind remarks and congratulations from Principal Chris Baker and Honor Society advisor Mrs. Tess Rivero. They were then followed by the four officers who discussed the four pillars of this organization. President Trevor Nartker discussed character, Vice President Hali Midtlien spoke about service, Secretary Caroline Wong about scholarship and Treasurer Asami Ford discussed leadership. New inductee and junior Cameron Sloan noted, “I felt honored to be part of such a prestigious and meaningful group and I’m excited to help out with future projects.”
According to nhs.us, “The National Honor Society (NHS) is the nation’s premier organization established to recognize outstanding high school students.” This is a great organization that “…not only recognizes students for their accomplishments, but challenges them to develop further through active involvement in school activities and community service.” National Honor Society is forming the future leaders of their communities, their states, and their countries.
This premier organization was established in 1921 by the National Association of Secondary School Principals (NASSP). Prior to NHS, there were many local and regional societies with similar goals as NHS. Under the leadership of high school principal Dr. Edward Rynerson, NHS grew to more than 1,000 chapters by 1930 and now more than one million students participate in this nationwide organization. The National Honor Society also has several sister organizations which include the National Junior Honor Society, National Elementary Honor Society and the National Association of Student Councils.