National Honor Society Inducts a New Pentelic Chapter
Sean Vo, Veritas Editor-in-Chief
Wednesday night, May 17, the National Honor Society Induction Ceremony took place. The ceremony started off in the cafeteria, where members, inductees, and their sponsors had dinner and exchanged gifts.
When the clock struck 7, the ceremony moved to the auditorium to begin the induction. NHS President Colleen McCarthy gave a brief introduction before calling up seniors Michael McPeck and Dana Peck to announce the honorary inductees of the 2017 National Honor Society. McPeck delivered a light-hearted speech to induct Ms. Melissa Shaughnessy, and Peck’s heartfelt speech inducted Mr. Patrick Finn.
NHS Secretary Noelle Atkins followed by calling the roles of each senior – each of the seniors’ full names, the college they plan to attend, and their future careers.
After McCarthy gave a rich history of National Honor Society, the next round of speeches came from four senior members of NHS who represented each of the four virtues that is the foundation of the Society. Sean Vo went first representing the virtue of Character, followed by Julia DiCenzo representing the virtue of Scholarship; next was Luana Lima representing Leadership, and the last of the virtues read by Mohammad Youssef representing Service. Each representative of the four virtues also had to use the flame from the torch to light their own smaller candle.
Following the four virtues was Jessica Lutts and her recitation of the “Exemplification of the Torch” poem, where she had to hold up the center candle, similar to the Statue of Liberty holding the torch, and recite a poem representing each of the four virtues.
After that heavily candle involved section of the ceremony, McCarthy inducted twenty juniors — Stephanie Blaney, Eden Dalton, Alexander Domina, Rebecca Elliott, Aiden Glennon, Margaret Jones, Meredith Long, Lily Matson, Ronan McNally, Saoirse McNally, Joseph Haughton, Harrison O’Brien, Matthew O’Brien, Rebekah Panaro, Christopher Penney, Zachary Peterson, Jillian Schofield, Sean Sugrue, Isabella Uong, James White — and one senior, Matthew Rocha.
After the induction, senior members were recognized by McCarthy and Principal John Harrison, who handed the seniors a flower and a certificate respectively. The ceremony came to a close with the senior members and junior inductees forming the receiving line, and later making more memories during the time for dessert back in the cafeteria.
Although this is usually a more formal occasion, laughs still came with it, from honorary inductee speeches to the tense moment of lighting the candles and releasing that tension collectively when the candles, not the tablecloth, were successfully lit.