MEDWAY — Principal John Murray is pleased to announce that 72 Medway High School students were inducted into the National Honor Society (NHS) at a ceremony on Monday, Nov. 22.
At the ceremony, Superintendent Armand Pires, Principal Murray, NHS Faculty Adviser Andrew Nassiff and NHS President Carter Pomponio delivered speeches. The theme of this year’s ceremony, which was chosen by NHS officers, was resurgence and revival.
A video created by the current members was shown, titled “The Resurgence of Opportunity.” The new inductees then participated in the candle-lighting ceremony.
NHS recognizes students who show outstanding qualities in scholarship, character, leadership and community service. Medway High School juniors and seniors with a 5.6, out of 7.0, weighted GPA are eligible for induction.
Candidates write two essays, one detailing their leadership experience and one detailing their dedication to community service, and must acquire three character references from teachers or community leaders. Candidates submit their portfolio to a Faculty Council, which then selects students who meet the standards of character, leadership and service established by the NHS.
Once Medway students are inducted into the society, they are required to perform 18 hours of community service each semester.
Last year, though community service opportunities were limited due to the COVID-19 pandemic, members responded to the challenge by finding new ways to help others. The high school and middle school tutoring programs were expanded to include the use of remote video conferencing technology. The Coats for Kids drive brought in the most coats per capita of any school in Massachusetts for the second year in a row, surpassing the total from the previous year. Once it was deemed safe by the state to hold live events, a concert was held that acted not only as a fundraiser for NHS but as a way to provide some semblance of normalcy to the school year for all students.
Medway’s NHS chapter also put on its own Clean Sweep event to clean up the roads and trails near the high school, as well as raised money for charities Hope and Comfort, Cradles to Crayons and Pennies for Patients.
“Those inducted into the National Honor Society are recognized for their commitment to academics and community service,” Principal Murray said. “I would like to congratulate our latest round of inductees, a record-breaking number for our chapter, and I look forward to watching them grow as leaders and develop new skills as members of the organization.”
With the addition of the 2021 inductees, Medway NHS now has a total of 118 members, another record for the chapter.
The 2021 Medway National Honor Society inductees are as follows:
Class of 2022
Class of 2023
Noah Der Garabedian