By: Amanda Salazar
This year’s National Honor Society induction ceremony had a “senior” feeling.
That’s because the school’s program allowed seniors who were eligible for the first time to be included in its April ceremonies.
In previous years, only sophomores and juniors were allowed to be inducted as first-year members if they became eligible on the basis of grades. Seniors who brought their averages up were not given the opportunity to join NHS for their final year at Murrow.
The change occurred because new adviser Ms. Tamar Sinclair and its student Executive Board members decided to do it.
“A student who is a senior came to me during the NHS application period and asked if she could join NHS,” said Ms. Sinclair. “It’s something that she really wanted to do and she was finally eligible for joining NHS.”
The idea was to give equal opportunity to join the Society to students of all grades who showed the qualities of an NHS member.
“As a club that values community service, character, and academics, it was felt that it is never too late to improve in all of those areas,” said NHS Treasurer Carla Cervantes, who is also a board member. “The club wants to include as many people as possible.”
The general consensus seems to be that allowing first-year seniors to be inducted was a good idea on the Executive Board’s part.
“I was so happy to be able to join NHS, although it was only for one year,” said Alexa Manssa, one of the nine seniors inducted this April. “I was asked to join my junior and sophomore year but didn’t get around to doing it because of time management; I was so busy with homework and other activities outside of school.”
And the induction ceremony and refreshments were a nice way to commend the seniors and other students on their hard work throughout the year.
“I personally think that induction went wonderful,” said NHS President Samarah Ruiz. “I am so close to the kids in NHS so it was awesome to see all their work pay off.”
The induction is organized by the Executive Board, who set up the tables and chairs on the stage of the Joseph Anzalone Theater.
“The actual ceremony was not very difficult to set up,” said Kelly Young, Public Relations Officer of NHS. “We had to clear the stage, put the chairs in place and make sure everything was in the right place on stage, and could be found easily. The hard part was organizing the first, second, and third year members in alphabetical order and getting the lists of names in the correct order.”
Of course, the most memorable part of the Induction Ceremony were the non-lighting candles – for the second year in a row.
“The only real issue I can think of is the customary inability to light the candles,” Cervantes said. “Candle lighting – or, actually, the inability [to light the candles] – has become a tradition by the executive interns.”