New National Honor Society Members Inducted

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Recognizing their commitment to the four tenets of character, leadership, scholarship and service, the high school welcomed 55 students into the National Honor Society during the 53rd annual induction ceremony.

As friends, family and current NHS members gathered in the auditorium, and a four-piece chamber orchestra of student-musicians performed as accompaniment, Student Council President Taylor Morales began the proceedings with the Pledge of Allegiance. Speeches followed from NHS advisor James Henry, Deer Park Curriculum Associate John Watson and Superintendent of Schools Eva Demyen.

“They have honesty and integrity, which is hard to come by these days,” Demyen said of the new inductees. She went on to note the crucial contribution of their families, saying, “I thank you parents and caregivers for what you’ve done with your children to bring them to this point.”

A history of the National Honor Society was read by President Sabrina Grunseich, and four of its members – Tutoring Chairman Kyle Dillon, Vice President Jame Walsh, Secretary Catherine Pfundstein and Treasurer Adam Ahmed – reflected on the four NHS tenets, lighting a candle for each. Grunseich and Dillon then presented the new inductees, and Walsh administered the NHS pledge.
As each new candle-holding member was given a pin and certificate, Grunseich began the traditional process of sharing flames from candle to candle until all were aglow.

“The ceremony is always a nice way to start the holiday season,” said adviser James Henry. “I love working with a group of kids that not only get inducted into the Society for their grades, but for their commitment to in-school and out-of-school activities as well as their outstanding character and leadership.”