National French Honor Society Inducts New Members

By Srilekha Cherukuvada, Dreamcatcher Editor in Chief

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  • New NFHS members sit in the cafeteria waiting for the induction ceremony to begin. Their parents and family members were invited to attend as well.

  • NFHS members in the orchestra entertain the audience with various French songs, including ‘La Marseillaise’, the French national anthem. Their performance was conducted and directed by Hannah Lu ’20.

  • NFHS president Clementine Larrouilh ’20 gives a speech and introduces the ceremony. She also assisted with organizing the event.

  • Andie Jiang ’23 shakes NFHS Sponsor Mme. Macharia’s hand as he recieves his certificate. He then proceeded to line up on the stage with the rest of the new inductees.

  • Students read the NFHS pledge from their certificates. This prepares them for the honor and responsibility that comes with being a member.

  • After reading the pledge, students blew out their candles. Following this, they became official NFHS members.

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French students gathered in the cafeteria along with family and friends to attend the National French Honor Society (NFHS) induction ceremony on Monday, Feb. 24. Students lit candles and recited the pledge to be inducted. After the ceremony, light refreshments were provided for the attendees.

“I’m very proud of my new inductees,” NFHS sponsor and French teacher Madame Anne Macharia said. “It shows to me that students are motivated to promote the French program in school, but they also want to keep learning about the Francophone cultures. It just opens your mind to a whole new world and I’m very proud of them for applying and for being accepted and I look forward to next year with our new members.”

To begin the ceremony, 20 current NFHS members volunteered to perform music. Then, Madame Macharia took the stage and introduced the officers as well as gave a short speech to commence the induction.

“I feel like NFHS is going to be a great opportunity for me to help around my community and really get integrated into French culture and language,” inductee Robin Sambuis ‘22 said. “I also feel that the induction was very well planned out and well thought out and had a lot of good aspects to it. I think it’s going to be really great and I’m really honored to be in NFHS because I feel like it will be a great opportunity to help in a different way.”

Afterwards, each inductees’ name was called and students took pictures with Madame Macharia. Then, they were led onto stage with lit candles to recite the pledge and blow out their candles. 

“I just feel like I’m part of the community now because a lot of my classmates were in NFHS and I wasn’t and I kind of felt left out and now I feel like I’m a part of the club,” inductee Aseel Charolia ‘21 said. “One thing I’m excited about is along with being a member of NFHS now, I want to expand my French learning. I’m taking French 5 next year so I’m really excited.”

The ceremony ended with refreshments provided towards the back of the cafeteria. Current NFHS members donated food, such as Mardi Gras King cakes and macarons. A wide array of drinks were also available.

“A lot of people here have given a lot of effort to make this a successful event,” NFHS member and volunteer Katie Qin ‘21 said. “Everyone seems to be very happy with the way it went and I really loved cleaning up and helping out with the event.”

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