SAYBROOK TOWNSHIP — Although the school year is winding down and coming to a close, students are still striving to perform their best. This year, 26 juniors were rewarded for their consistent hard work through the inclusion into Lakeside High School’s chapter of National Honor Society. Members, old and new, celebrated this recognition with the annual induction ceremony on April 11.
The 26 students inducted included: Megan Abrams, Tessa Askew, Trevor Bartone, Emily Beckwith, Victoria Cox, Alexis David, Ashley Flaugher, Sahara Gaston, Ashley Gran, Keith Griffin, Jamie Halman, Victoria Hunt, Chelsea Jeffers, Hannah Kent, Modesto Lebron, Abigail Licate, Jacee McFadden, Gabriella Novak, Joshua Perry, Destiny Piccirillo, Victoria Schira, Zach Schlosser, Anthony Schoren, Taylor Stadler, Zachary Van Allen and Caroline Watt.
“I really appreciate the opportunity to be inducted into National Honor Society,” said Hannah Kent. “It’s a real honor.”
The new inductees were chosen through a rigorous selection process, by an anonymous committee of teachers at Lakeside. All inductees are required to have a 3.5 grade point average or higher, and represent the highest caliber of honor, respect and devotion. Prospective members fill out an application to show their hard work, leadership skills, extracurricular activities and community service. The application is then given to the committee for evaluation in choosing the best candidates for the organization.
“The students selected don’t often have the opportunity to be recognized for their hard work, but they are deserving of the honor,” said Lynne Montgomery, co-adviser for the program. “I love working with the kids, because they’ve earned it.”
National Honor Society, or NHS, maintains four pillars of scholarship, leadership, service and character, which members encourage in their fellow peers. Scholarship is categorized by the individual’s ability to succeed in academics and a commitment to learning. Leadership is demonstrated by one’s initiative and capacity to take charge in assisting others. Service is displayed by those with a willingness to work for the benefit of those in need. Lastly, character is illustrated by distinguishing qualities such as, respect, responsibility, fairness, trustworthiness and citizenship.