NHS Inducts New Members at Annual Ceremony

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  • Zaina Jafri ’23 discusses the unique traits that make an NHS member. As the president of NHS, she gave her speech to the new and returning students at the NHS induction ceremony.

  • Smiling, Kate Peckham ’24 shakes Associate Principal Jessica Rinehart’s hand before turning to smile for a photo. After the speeches, each NHS inductee walked across the stage to receive their certificate.

  • Attentive, NHS inductees watch as Associate Principal Ms. Jessica Rinehart makes her opening remarks. hand before turning to smile for a photo. Over 290 juniors and seniors were eligible to become NHS members this year.

  • Grinning, Senior NHS Members Patrick Cotey, Sasha Brown, and Shweta Doraisamy hand out certificates to new inductees as they walk off the stage. The ceremony took place after school on Oct. 27 in the Cafeteria.

  • Parents of NHS inductees watch the ceremony with interest. Families of NHS members were invited to attend the event alongside their students.

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National Honor Society (NHS) hosted its annual induction ceremony at 7 p.m. on Thursday, Oct. 27 in the cafeteria. During the ceremony, 297 students were sworn in to officially become a member of the society.

Juniors and Seniors are eligible to apply to become a part of NHS if they fulfill certain requirements based on their volunteering hours and academics. If selected, students are invited to the induction ceremony, where they take a pledge and receive a certificate, officially inducting them.

After an opening speech by NHS Vice President Tori Xiao ‘23, a presentation of colors was performed by the Texas 861st AFJROTC followed by a performance of the national anthem by Gabriel Paredes ‘23. NHS President Zaina Jafri ‘23 addressed the audience with a short speech welcoming the soon-to-become members, parents, and keynote speakers.

“I think that the induction [went] really well. The speakers and the teachers who spoke at the event represented the school very well and it was an honor to see so many members receive their cords and become a part of this great society,” NHS Tutoring Coordinator Olivia Yang ‘23 said.

Keynote speakers Ms. Chris Mihealsick and Ms. Jessica Rinehart gave heartfelt speeches on the importance of integrity and community service. Senior NHS officers Allen Garcia, Thessa Greebe, Angela Ruan, and Hudson Miller performed the candle lighting ceremony, with each lighting a candle representative of the four pillars of NHS: scholarship, service, leadership, and character.

“The theme [NHS has] this year is to view NHS as something beyond putting it on a resume. We want the students to really engage with the community and [avoid trying] to buy their points by donating stuff,” Ruan said. “We also want [memebers] to try and participate in NHS-hosted events like Powderpuff or the Warrior Fest.”

To close out the induction ceremony, new inductees walked across the stage, where they received a cord before posing for a picture with Associate Principal Ms. Rinehart.