Nine Altmar-Parish-Williamstown Junior/Senior High School students earned recognition for their outstanding excellence and commitment to academics when they were welcomed into the district’s chapter of the National Junior Honor Society.
For consideration in NJHS students must be in grades 7-9 at the APW Junior/Senior High School 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 and well-rounded citizens that are active in their school and community.
The APW Chapter of the NJHS was established in 1992.
Earning this distinction and welcomed into the elite academic society during a ceremony in late March were students: Sydney Brouse, Anthony Frank, Helaina Hale, Kobe Harrington, Cassidy McConnell, Lorraine Sampson, Tatyana Scott, Kassidy Spoon and Cierra Stone.
Current APW NJHS members were joined by APW Junior High School Principal James Heffron and NJHS Advisor James Watros for the prestigious ceremony to honor the inductees.
The new inductees lit candles to signify their commitment to NJHS’s core values, confirmed their acceptance into the academic society with a pledge, and accepted a commemorative certificate from Heffron.
Honored with a few moments to speak about the new inductees, Heffron recognized the students as true role models and said, “They will be the leaders of tomorrow because they have proven they can be leaders today.”
Current NJHS members read the new inductees’ essays which were part of the application and selection process. In the essays the new inductees described the qualities and characteristics that they feel embody a member of the NJHS.
Many of the essays talked about leadership, doing well at school, doing the right thing, and helping others.
Scott’s essay best summarized all of these things with the words: “Good grades aren’t what makes a person’s life successful. Grades will help open the door but without morality, leadership, citizenship and service you may never be able to step a foot in.”
A reception for all NJHS members and their parents and guests was held following the induction ceremony.