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The recent induction ceremony of the National Honor Society left us with many inspiring memories. Thank you to guest speaker Dr. Adrienne Carmack who spoke about service to others and her work with foster children and current National Honor Society member Chuong (Peter) Dong, whose words we present below.
Today, we are being inducted into the National Honor Society, and this organization consists of four core values: Scholarship, Service, Leadership, and Character. The 70 students sitting on this stage have been chosen for these four characteristics. In some ways, we all have the same qualifications and potential, so it may be reasonable to assume that we are all alike.
Even though we are inducted into this prestigious organization through these same specific principles, each of us is entirely distinctive. William Shakespeare once wrote, “We know what we are, but know not what we may be.” Not only are we completely different from one another in our talents at this point, but our futures will also be immensely divergent. It’s important to remember that being an individual means being an outsider, not a part of the herd. Being a member of the societal “herd” implies being a part of a group that worries too much about what society has to say. Yes, we are all different in personality and ability, but we tend to be pulled into being what others expect us to be. This induction ceremony is a step forward for the members of NHS to become who we truly want to be.
This recognition acts as a positive force to its members on this stage today, for these four values can teach us how to become constructive members of this society while still maintaining integrity, individualism, and independence.
I am very honored to be part of the National Honor Society, and I also hope you all are. I hope we can use this acknowledgment as the foundation to become unique individuals in this society who are not afraid to be different and stand up for what they believe.
– Chuong (Peter) Dong, Closing Speech
2017 Induction Ceremony for the Harlow “Joe” Floyd Chapter of the National Honor Society, Sekera Auditorium
November 20, 2017, 7 p.m.
Music – Susan Eggert
Procession – Inductees & Existing Chapter Members
Welcome – Beth Campbell
Chapter History – Lauren Ismail
Introduction of Guest Speaker – Mel MacKay
Guest Speaker – Adrienne W. Carmack, M.D.
Du Bust die Ruh’, by Schubert – Kate Fogg (vocals), accompanied by Susan Eggert (piano)
Meditation From Thais, by Jules Massenet – Brandon Aponte (violin)
Don’t Know Why, by Norah Jones – Laine Reid (vocals), accompanied by Susan Eggert (piano)
The Criteria of the National Honor Society
Character – Grace Harman
Leadership – Laine Reid
Scholarship – Olivia Johnson
Service – Kate Fogg
Honor Society Pledge – Kate Fogg
Presentation to Inductees – Beth Campbell, Mel MacKay, Dr. Carmack
Closing Remarks – Peter Dong
Class of 2018
Claire Baker, Ben Cotton, Makenzie Ladd, Nick Lakeman, Meg Lander, Connor Libby, Matija Mamula, Samantha McIntyre, Christina iu, Emilee Soucie, Brian Ta, Ryley Wheelock, Anna Xu
Class of 2019
Brandon Aponte, Violet Armistead, Julia Bate, Katelynn Bowker, Cannon Breen, Aidan Close, Tianna Cyr, Andrea Grossmann, Marianne Grossmann, Olivia Harriman, Reed Kiah, Daniel Lee, Ken Li, Jennifer Noyes, Alia Parsons, Emily Patterson, Sam Peterson, Bevin Prince, Brogan Prince, Hallie Rockcress, Riley Satterfield, Soleil Skehan, Jared Smith, Sydney Solomon, Jenner Voteur, Jennifer Zdrojowy
National Honor Society Member Pledge
I pledge myself to uphold the high purposes of the National Honor Society to which I have been selected; I will be true to the principles for which it stands; I will be loyal to my school; and I will maintain and encourage high standards of scholarship, service, leadership, and character.
Mary Austin, Crystal Bell, Taylor Britt, Evan Cardimino, Peter Dong, Aria Fasse, Kate Fogg, Emma Foster, lauren Grant, Grace Harman, Lauren Ismail, Olivia Johnson, Rebecca Johnson, Hazel Kieu, Brendan Killarney, Brian Kim, Kyla Murphy, Emma O’Connor, Heidi Placella, Lauren Potter, Laine Reid, Kylee Roberts, Haylee Scovil, Eilidh Sidaway, Laura Skacel, Brooke Springer, Ryunsu Sung, Kenzey Tracy, Elizabeth Vanadia Duncan Waanders, Braeden Ward
President – Kate Fogg
Vice-President – Grace Harman
Treasurer – Laine Reid
Secretary – Olivia Johnson
Historian – Lauren Ismail
Chapter Advisor and Director of Admissions – Beth Campbell
Head of School – Mel MacKay
Principal & Academic Dean – David Armistead
Interim Dean of Students – Shannon Whiting
Chuong (Peter) Dong