Gun­ston NHS in­ducts 25 new mem­bers

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CEN­TRE­VILLE — On Nov. 15, 25 stu­dents were in­ducted into the Na­tional Honor So­ci­ety at The Gun­ston School.

The Na­tional Honor So­ci­ety is an or­ga­ni­za­tion for ju­niors and se­niors, which re­quires them to hold a grade point av­er­age of at least 88 and to ex­hibit four core val­ues — lead­er­ship, char­ac­ter, ser­vice and schol­ar­ship.

The morn­ing be­gan with the in­ductees and their par­ents, and cur­rent NHS mem­bers, at­tend­ing a break­fast in the Ryan Li­brary. The in­duc­tion cer­e­mony fol­lowed in the Field House, with wel­com­ing re­marks made by Head­mas­ter John Lewis.

Lewis talked about the im­por­tance of the word “honor,” and said “we are only de­fined by cer­tain terms, if we al­low our­selves to be; and, we have the power to con­trol the terms we use to de­fine our­selves.”

Fol­low­ing Lewis’ re­marks, the key­note ad­dress was de­liv­ered by Robert J. Et­gen, the ex­ec­u­tive di­rec­tor of East­ern Shore Land Con­ser­vancy since Oc­to­ber 1990. Et­gen con­grat­u­lated the stu­dents on ex­cel­lence and do­ing more than was ex­pected of them.

All stu­dents at Gun­ston par­tic­i­pate in ath­let­ics and com­plete com­mu­nity ser­vice, but to be se­lected for NHS re­quires aca­demic ex­cel­lence and greater en­gage­ment in all ar­eas of schol­ar­ship, lead­er­ship, ser­vice and char­ac­ter. Et­gen con­cluded his ad­dress by stress­ing the im­por­tance of land con­ser­va­tion and how ev­ery in­di­vid­ual can make a dif­fer­ence.

To high­light the core val­ues of NHS, four can­dles were lit by cur­rent mem­bers, as se­nior and NHS pres­i­dent Olivia Sher­man spoke about the mean­ing of each value. As in­ductees were called up in­di­vid­u­ally, they re­ceived a cer­tifi­cate, pin and rose, and signed their names into the NHS reg­istry.

To make them of­fi­cial mem­bers of the so­ci­ety, cur­rent mem­bers pinned the in­ductees with a pin bear­ing the NHS logo, and the pledge was re­cited, led by Natalie Prochaska. To con­clude the cer­e­mony, Michael Kay­lor, the NHS ad­vi­sor, shared words with the stu­dents and praised them for their ac­com­plish­ments.

This year’s in­ductees are, grade 12: So­phie Cooper, Nick De­sai, Tim Hes­ford, Xiny­ing “Elaine” Jiang, Lizhi “Cliff” Peng, Rachel Pet­tit and Jo Wan­ner; and grade 11: Heidi Bar­cus, Kangcheng “Max” Cao, Simiao “Grace” Dai, Rongjie “Rose” Fan, Gil­lian Fel­ton, Susie Fordi, Steven Goss, Lila Inger­soll, Sam John­son, Mary Macmil­lan, Chris New­berg, Henry Parkhurst, Ryleigh Paskoski, Neel Pa­tel, Lily Phipps, Joey Smith, Alli Webb and Baoyi “Betty” Zhou.

CON­TRIB­UTED PHOTO

Mem­bers and in­ductees of the 2016-17 Na­tional Honor So­ci­ety at The Gun­ston School are pic­tured. From left, first row, are Lizhi “Cliff” Peng, Baoyi “Betty” Zhou, Simiao “Grace” Dai, Kangcheng “Max” Cao, Jo Wan­ner, So­phie Cooper, Lau­ren Covell, Rachel Pet­tit, Ryleigh Paskoski, Maddy Romberger and Lily Phipps. From left, sec­ond row, are Gil­lian Fel­ton, Lila Inger­soll, Shiqi Xie, Tong Shen, Tianqi “Stacey” Shi, Nuob­ing “Amy” Fan, Rongjie “Rose” Fan, Natalie Prochaska, Alice Agee, Joey Smith, Olivia Sher­man and Mary Macmil­lan. From left, third row, are Heidi Bar­cus, Emma John­son, Steven Goss, Chris New­berg, Huixin “Emily” Teng, Ben By­erly, Henry Parkhurst, Tim Hes­ford, Nick De­sai and Susie Fordi. From left, top row, are Ben Jones, Ethan Boone, Abi­gail Miller, Ryan Red­ding, Sut­ter Phillips, Sam John­son, Ge­orge Bowie, Neel Pa­tel, Alli Webb and Nikki Blades. Not pic­tured are Chad An­gelini, Jamie Caron and Xiny­ing “Elaine” Jiang.

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