ORWELL — On the last day of school before the winter break, a surprise afternoon assembly was held at Grand Valley High School. Not a pep rally, nor any kind of assembly one would normally suspect, but a ceremony held by the Grand Valley High School Chapter of the National Honor Society. The purpose of the ceremony was to induct the new members of the National Honor Society and honor them in front of family, friends and community.
Before being selected to become a member of the National Honor Society, any student wanting to be a member was required to complete a lengthy and arduous application. In the application, the student needed to include a variety of information and accomplishments about themselves. Each student had to list the clubs, sports and any other extracurricular activities in which they participate. Also, the students needed to elaborate on all volunteer experiences they have had, as well as any awards they have received throughout their high school experiences. The application took a very long time to fill out.
Junior Holly Nye said, “After spending countless hours on the lengthy application process, being inducted into N.H.S. made it well worth my time.”
All applicants were required to have four teachers or adult associates fill their recommendation forms as well. On the forms, the student was rated on how well they fulfill the four core characteristics that a National Honor Society member should exemplify. The students were rated on the four pillars of scholarship, leadership, character and service.
After all the applications had been turned in, the applicants to be selected as new members were chosen with careful consideration by a panel of anonymous judges. Soon after, the parents of all the selected students received a letter, notifying them that their child was to be inducted into the National Honor Society at an impromptu celebratory assembly on the last day before school. None of the students were to know that they had been selected as a member.