MEDWAY — Superintendent Armand Pires and Medway High School Principal John Murray are pleased to announce that the Medway High School chapter of the National Honor Society inducted 54 new members during a virtual ceremony on Tuesday, Dec. 8.
The theme of the ceremony was leadership, and Superintendent Pires gave the first speech of the evening, welcoming students and families to the ceremony and congratulating the students who have earned their place in NHS.
While different from most years due to the virtual format, the ceremony was able to include each of the traditional elements from every induction ceremony.
Principal Murray congratulated the inductees and encouraged them to become leaders in the future by sharing his definition of leadership, which revolves around building relationships, being resilient and practicing empathy. NHS Adviser Andrew Nassif and NHS President Grace Brueckner also spoke during the ceremony.
The ceremony included a video presentation prepared by the members of the NHS about their experiences as leaders, as well as a video presentation by NHS officers detailing the four pillars of NHS before the newest members were recognized and inducted.
A recording of the ceremony can be viewed here.
NHS inductees are students who demonstrate exceptional scholarship, character, leadership and community service. Medway High School juniors and seniors with a weighted GPA of 5.6 out of 7.0 are eligible for induction.
Candidates then write two essays, one which details their leadership experiences, and one which demonstrates their dedication to community service. They must also receive three character references from teachers or community leaders before submitting their application to a Faculty Council, which evaluates their portfolio and then selects students who embody the four pillars of NHS.
Medway students who are inducted into the society are required to perform at least 18 hours of community service projects each semester. As one example of how students perform these hours, the Medway chapter of NHS created the first-ever virtual tutoring program during the COVID-19 pandemic. Other examples of their service include a personal hygiene products drive, a winter clothing drive for families in need and many other projects that benefit the community.
“We are incredibly fortunate to have students who continue to exemplify leadership, scholarship, character and community service in Medway’s National Honor Society, especially during these difficult times,” Principal Murray said. “Their leadership by example is a characteristic we value greatly at Medway, and we know each inductee will make us proud. Congratulations to all new members on this well-deserved achievement.”
The 2020 Medway National Honor Society inductees are as follows: