Gunston NHS inducts 25 new members
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.
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.