Wasatch Academy held its annual induction ceremony for student members of the National Honors Society (NHS) at Magleby’s Grotto in Springville, Utah. The WA chapter welcomed 15 new and 10 returning members.
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 are sent an invitation to apply. However, 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 applications are sent to the entire school committee and reviewed for academic excellence, leadership, character, and service,” said Alyssa Wolf, NHS Director. “They have to meet all of those requirements in an exemplary way to be inducted.”
Students dressed in formal attire and participated in a candle ceremony conducted by Hoang Ngyuen, NHS President, and Wolf in which each recipient received a “light” from a fellow member. “Members of the NHS do not come by chance,” said Joseph Loftin, Head of School. “This does not happen in a day or two, or a week, or even a year. This is symbolic of how each student has approached his or her entire educational journey.”
NHS is the nation’s oldest, largest, and most prestigious student recognition program, and it is upheld by the four pillars of scholarship, leadership, character, and service. “I decided to join the National Honors Society because I thought it would open more options and I think it is good to help the community,” said junior NHS recipient, Angel Nguyen.
NHS will be involved in several service projects throughout the year. One will be a visit with the residents of Country Living, an assisted living home in Mt. Pleasant. Another will be helping on the Stewart Farm this spring – vaccinating cows or whatever else they need. NHS students can always be counted on to engage fully with these kinds of community-building service activities, and the new members will certainly contribute their time and energy in a stellar fashion, both now and in the future. Wolf adds, “NHS is made up of the student leaders at Wasatch Academy. It is an honor to help these highly motivated, bright, cheerful students! We have fun while we serve.”
Complete list of 2019-20 Wasatch Academy National Honor Society members: