In October, 21 students joined 16 returning members of the Wasatch Academy National Honor Society (NHS) at an induction banquet hosted at Magleby’s restaurant in Springville, Utah.
Following a nice meal, NHS President Chloe Jeon introduced each of the other returning members as they spoke about the four pillars on which the National Honor Society stands: knowledge, leadership, service, and character. Alyssa Wolf, a English teacher and NHS advisor, then talked about what it means to be an NHS member followed up by a speech by Head of School Joseph Loftin. “You do not come here by chance,” said Loftin “This has not happened in a day or two, or a week or even a year. This is symbolic of how each of you has approached your entire educational journey.”
The National Honor Society is an organization that honors students for their stellar demonstration of scholarship, leadership, character, and service. “Participation in NHS offers members many opportunities to ‘give back’ and consciously serve others on a regular basis. Students in NHS spend time with the elderly in a local assisted living center, as well as rake leaves, stack wood, plant trees, and put their hands to work in many other ways to support our community,” says Wolf.
A student has to be at Wasatch Academy for one year before he or she is eligible to be invited to apply for membership in NHS. At that point, if a student has a cumulative GPA of 3.8 or above, they will be sent an invitation to apply. The GPA is only a small part of the application. A student must have significant evidence of leadership positions, extra-curricular activities, and community service to be accepted into NHS.
The induction ceremony concluded with NHS President Chloe Jeon, NHS Secretary Karuna Loftin, NHS Vice President Helena Sacchi, and member Ben Cottam lighting individual new inductees’ candles and all members reciting the NHS pledge.