By Emanuela Gallo ‘19
On Wednesday, April 10th, at 3:30 p.m., twenty juniors were inducted to the Mother St. John Fontbonne’s Chapter of the National Honor Society. The ceremony took place in the Fab Lab and began with the procession of the inductees.
After the recitation of a prayer and the pledge of allegiance, the Chapter President, Catherine Santora, came to the podium. In her opening remarks, she discussed what it means to be a leader who is unafraid of failure and willing to achieve above the norm. Afterward, I, the Chapter Historian, was called to discuss the Society’s history. A light was shined upon not only its founding and mission, but also the projects, fundraisers, and service conducted by chapters in recent years.
The candle lighting ceremony took place next. Each candle symbolized one of the four qualities held in esteem by the Society: scholarship, leadership, service, and character. As the piano played softly in the background, Santora lit the center candle representing the eternal light of knowledge. Each member of the Executive Board then lit the outer candles and recited a speech regarding the specific value it represented. Vice President Sophia Pedernera spoke about how scholarship is an active commitment to increasing one's knowledge. She reminded the inductees of the effort required to reach one’s full potential. Catherine Russo, the Treasurer, then approached the lectern to discuss service and its value in improving our society. She also mentioned the numerous service activities to which this year’s chapter devoted their time. In her speech, Santora reflected on Scripture in order to reveal what leadership truly symbolizes. It was a reminder that it must derive from unselfish motivations, a strong character, confidence, and intellect. Finally, I discussed how having good character means not only wanting to improve yourself, but also the world around you.
After the candle lighting ceremony, the candidates rose from their seats and recited the National Honor Society pledge. They promised to uphold the valued qualities of the Society and lead forward in all things that advance Fontbonne’s welfare. Following this, vice principal Wierzbowski came to the podium and called each of the inductees’ names. They placed their signatures in the Chapter’s registry and received a certificate of their membership. After a round of applause, principal Spicijaric wrapped up the ceremony by delivering final remarks. The members sang the school song and processed out of the room.
Congratulations to all of the newly inducted members of the National Honor Society:
It is clear that they will accomplish exceptional things next year and continue the legacy of excellence that preceded them!