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Stand for Honor

By Sania Daniyal

On March 31, NHP Memorial commemorated the achievements of their students with Honor Society induction ceremonies. On that evening, there was a red carpet Honor Society event for the various honor societies in the school. A student and two guests were invited to the school at scheduled intervals primarily based on their last name. Students had the opportunity to meet with the advisers, chairpersons and officers of the different honor societies, receive their certificates and take photos.

Source from Georgia Papaseraphim

Georgia Papaseraphim collects her certificate and takes a picture in front of the Rho Kappa National Honor Society banner.

This format is similar to the induction hosted last year. Though certain things may be done differently, the induction ceremonies represent an appreciation for students. With the recent repeal of the mask mandate, there was more of an openness during the ceremony. Due to the ongoing pandemic, there were still restrictions on the number of people allowed into and out of the building.

“I remember the National Junior Honor Society induction I went to years ago. Everyone was on the risers in the auditorium, and we all got called up one by one to get our certificates," senior Victoria Maciorowski said. "I also went to last year's induction ceremony which was much calmer and felt much more personal! The process was the same as this year, going to the hallways of the honor society you've been inducted into, picking up your certificate, getting a photo and going home with a cookie! It was a really nice experience in all honesty.”

“I think that the new format allows for a more personal celebration of each student. Students now can experience being inducted into an honor society by their adviser. They can invite a few special family members or friends to join them. As students walk throughout the building and stop at one or multiple honor society locations, they are greeted with a smile, a certificate (or medal, cords, etc) and can take a photo with the adviser and their families,” Ms. Madigan, Social Studies Honor Society adviser, said. “Ms. Vosswinkel-Blum arranged for giant banners at each location indicating the honor society/organization name. This also serves as a photo backdrop for pictures. Blue and white tablecloths and balloons help to make it all feel festive and special for the students. It feels more personal.”

“The honor society inductions don’t evoke those same feelings of excitement for me at least. I think that the main part of that is due to the fact I won’t be able to celebrate with all my friends because of the alphabetical list of times. The quickness of it also plays a part in that for sure,” sophomore Julia Tews said.

In order to make the night a success, honor society advisers devoted many hours to coordinating their respective stations. The booths were set with decorative pieces such as banners and flags.

“I'm incredibly happy people get the opportunity to be a part of the ceremony and be welcomed into these societies! It is an incredibly rewarding and joyful moment to know your hard work has paid off and be handed that certificate,” said Maciorowski.

“I don't have any experience with the pre-COVID inductions, but I really like how personal the format is. I am excited to see every one of the students and congratulate them and even maybe pose for a picture with them,” Ms. Katz, adviser of the National English Honor Society, said.

“I think the new format of the induction ceremonies allows more time for parents and family to meet the advisors and personally take photos of their children receiving their awards and accolades," Ms. Livoti, adviser of the National Art Honor Society, said. "I feel it relieves the pressure of having to go to different ceremonies on different evenings, across several weeks, which makes it difficult for families to come to all of the different events. It’s a lot less stress on the students as well, who have packed schedules and other obligations.”

“Speaking for the Rho Kappa Social Studies Honor Society, things have been smooth. Students were notified months ago of their acceptance," said Ms. Madigan, adviser of Rho Kappa. "The original date in January was moved to March 31. The goal was to be able to have an evening that felt safer, with fewer restrictions and could include more families to celebrate. It seems to have worked out nicely. Certificates and congratulatory smiles are ready to be given out to deserving students and proud families."

“I like the new format because we get to recognize a lot of students at once. People did not enjoy the old format too much, so with this new format, families can enjoy the ceremonies and there is no limit to who has to attend," said principal Dr. Faccio. "Students have the opportunity to be honored and recognized as they move across the school to the different honor society stations. Parents can see the achievements and hard work of all the students.”


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