CROSS RIVER, N.Y. John Jay High School has inducted 92 students into its National Honor Society (NHS).
Juniors with a weighted GPA of 90 or above were invited to apply for the NHS in early October. Once accepted and inducted, NHS members attend monthly meetings and complete at least 20 community service hours.
An induction ceremony held last week opened with a performance of the national anthem by John Jays a cappella groups The Notables and The Rolling Tones, followed by remarks from Principal Ellen Doherty. She noted that the students have exceeded expectations and demonstrate a commitment to studies, school, and the community. Doherty explained that the intention of the society was to create enthusiasm for scholarship.
Senior class members of the NHS lit candles and delivered speeches concerning the four major qualities that the honor society members strive to possess: scholarship, leadership, service, and character. The evenings featured speaker was Blakely Brodbeck, president of the local Westchester Junior League. Brodbeck spoke of the importance of community service and its link to character. She advised the inductees to seek the opportunity to make a difference. Her oration ended with a quote from Nelson Mandela: A good head and a good heart are always a formidable combination.
With the assistance of the senior members, each inductee was called to the podium to accept a National Honor Society Certificate.
The John Jay National Honor Society is led by advisors Melinda Benson, Christine Bueti, and Judy Farrell.
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