Written by Johannsen Tan
On the evening of Thursday, March 20, 2014, 28 dressed up Dragons entered the transformed, orange and brown themed library. For what, you ask? They entered the library to be initiated into the National Honor Society (NHS), a nationwide organization that recognizes outstanding high school students.
As the inductees sat in the comfortable library chairs, many reminisced all the hard work they have done in their studies and extra-curriculars. Many of these inductees come from various walks of life in the O’Dowd community, from being a member of the varsity basketball team to assistant editor-in-chief of student publications.
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The ceremony began with a welcome by the NHS President, Caroline Desler and a prayer by the NHS Treasurer, Johannsen Tan. This laid the foundation for two beautiful speeches, one by principal, Pam Shay, and the other by NHS Secretary, Emily Fieberling. Pam Shay addressed the inductees and brought light upon each inductee’s achievement. Her address brought words of encouragement that told each inductee to keep pushing to show the best in themselves and to never be afraid of failure because failure breeds success and innovation. Following the address was the reflection, which left the audience speechless. NHS Secretary, Emily Fieberling, explained the difference of what the National Honor Society had been and what it became for her, which she explained, “NHS transformed into something more than another acronym, but a reminder that I get to stand along with the best that O’Dowd community has to offer.”
When the speeches were done, Rachel Wilson, NHS Vice-President Siena Vendlinksi, Claire Ganksi and Bakare Awakoaiye came up to talk and light the candles of the NHS principles of scholarship, leadership, service, and character. Seeing peers walk up and talk about these principles made everyone take a step back and realize their accomplishments. Maya Ephrem, a new inductee of the class of 2014, joyfully stated, “I feel inspired being honored with and by so many people that truly embody all of NHS’s values of character, service, leadership, and scholarship.” After the lighting of the last candles, the induction started. As the new inductees’ names were announce, each came up with big smiles and signed the NHS booklet and received their pin and a yellow rose. Then the recitation of pledge happened and shortly after a nice reception.
As the library began to revert itself to its normal look, each family that walked out was proud of their son or daughter because they knew in their hearts that their son or daughter had the potential of being one of the innovators and leaders of tomorrow.
Below are the names of NHS new members:
Olivia Bernadel Huey
Nate Zexi Ding
Below are the names of current NHS members: