By Camille Porter McAvoy ’16
Current and new members of the National Honor Society, along with their families, gathered in Bishop O’Dowd High School’s small gymnasium on April 21 to celebrate the induction of the new members into NHS. In total, the NHS welcomed 47 new members.
The ceremony, led by NHS President Sydney McGillis ’16, began with a lovely prayer given by current member Kylie Chang ’16. Then, Ms. Shay gave a wonderful Principal’s Address about staying true to yourself through periods of growth and change, aided by a poster with various aphorisms. Finally, Camille Porter McAvoy ’16 gave the NHS Reflection, in which she highlighted the accomplishments and achievements of its new members, as well as a personal reflection about what NHS meant to her.
Seniors Ianna Fong, Molly Zeme, Grace Duncan, and Megan Corbett reminded members of the four central qualities required for NHS membership – Scholarship, Leadership, Service and Character – by providing reflections on each quality.
After the opening portion of the ceremony, the new members were formally inducted, receiving a yellow rose, an NHS pin, and signing their name in the official NHS Register to recognize their induction. The ceremony concluded with Camille Porter McAvoy leading the new and existing members in the NHS pledge. The ceremony was followed by a short reception.
NHS would like to thank our moderator Ms. Counts, officers Sydney McGillis, Ianna Fong, Megan Corbett, Grace Duncan, Camille Porter McAvoy, and Molly Zeme, Principal Ms. Shay, and the O’Dowd maintenance staff for setting up the ceremony.
The newly inducted members are:
Class of 2016:
Laila Adranly, Jacob Cala, Jolene Chan, Troy Coaston, Bryce DeWitt, Ben Figueroa, Alexa Hanson, Samantha Hofherr, Frances Keer, Zoe Lozano-Strickland, Amelia Marinai, Yasmine McCroden, Julian Nesbitt, Maddie Parsnick, Georgia Rabara, Annika Sabaratnam, Tommy Vaughan, Danielle Viviani, Nathaniel White and Clotilda Yi.
Class of 2017:
Dana Angeles, Dylan Brown, Natalia Brusco, Audrey Byrne, Antoneil Carter, Brandon Choy, Jerome Deck, Aaron Gonzalez, Mark Gravador, Chase Holliman, Carlie Houser, Stefano Hurtado, Michael Hwang, Aris Jernigan, Olivia Johnson, Eunice Jung, Amado Lozano, Madeleine Murphy, Marina Ramsey, Kate Shiber, Tiffany Sin, Miranda Sinsheimer, Alexis Stanley, Isabel Weinerth, Danielle West, Christian Yau-Weeks, and Sophia Yau-Weeks.