I had the privilege today to attend the National Honor Society Induction Ceremony at Clinton-Massie High School. My daughter, along with 26 other students, were accepted into NHS and the ceremony not only honored them, but also underscored the values of NHS.
There were a couple of things that stood out about the morning. The first was the emphasis of the four standards of NHS: Character, Scholarship, Leadership & Service. Normally when I think of NHS, I think of good grades. The brief program this morning brought to light the importance of the other characteristics. Current members read a brief explanation of each standard. One of the statements that stood out to me went something like this: “The development of character happens by choice, not by chance.” Thought that was a powerful statement.
The other thing that stood out to me is that each inductee had an influential adult escort him/her during the ceremony. It was cool to see parents, teachers, coaches, and family friends who were selected to accompany the students. It gave the students a moment to honor adults who have impacted them and it communicated that we are who we are because of the people in our lives.
It was an honor for the families and the students who are now members of NHS.