The Altmar-Parish-Williamstown (APW) Chapter of the National Junior Honor Society (NJHS) welcomed ten new inductees at a ceremony held at the APW Middle School.
The ten new members include: Lacey Saucier, Jenna Brockett, Courtney Trudeau, Kara Wade, Kaitie Mullin, Megan Waite, Sarah Pappa, and Joseph Baum.
They join current NJHS members who actively participated in the evening’s induction ceremony.
Current NJHS students included: Ken Benedetto, Jeffrey Tilden, Riley Corcoran, Katie Palmer, Alexandra Mueller, Hope Rayder, Sage Bartlett, Amber Rice, Karigan Shawcross, Jeri Barber, Kylee Bartlett, Emma Sheltra, Maggie Cooper, Allayna Frank, Sabrina Fields, and Mariah Johst.
For consideration in NJHS, students must be in grades 7-9 and possess the five character attributes associated with NJHS: scholarship, leadership, service, character and citizenship. More than just an academic recognition, members must be leaders of good character who work to make their community and world a better place to live through service and citizenship.
The APW Chapter of the NJHS was established in 1992.
Following a welcome by APW Middle School Principal James Heffron, and history of NJHS by advisor James Watros, the current members and inductees took part in a candle lighting service which recognized the five member character attributes. Current members then read the new candidates’ essays which were part of the application and selection process.
APW Superintendent Jerry Hudson, spoke to the students and pointed to the small gathering in the stands, then counted the members of the NJHS present before him, and noted that the group represented 8-10% of the student population.
“You will continue to be in that small group for the rest of your life,” he said, “The doers, the thinkers, the leaders. Face it now and get comfortable with it. That’s your lot in life.” He also encouraged the students to use their ability to learn to help others and never use what they can do to harm anyone. “As long as you are going to do well,” he said, “do it well.”
In closing, NJHS advisor Mr. James Watros left the students with some words to remember: “What is popular is not always right and what is right is not always popular.”
A reception for all NJHS members and their guests was held following the induction ceremony.