On March 16, 2016, Fontbonne’s faculty, staff, students, and parents gathered in the school’s gymnasium to watch the induction of the new National Honor Society members. The National Honor Society is an organization that recognizes the academic achievements of those students who show outstanding scholarship, service, leadership, and character skills.
Ms. Deluca and Mrs. Correira, the advisors of the Mother St. John Fontbonne chapter of NHS, organized the well put together induction ceremony. The ceremony began with a speech from Fontbonne’s alumna Ali Hart, who graduated in 2000 and went on to become an investment bank program and recruitment manager for J.P. Morgan. Hart spoke about how Fontbonne and the National Honor Society prepared her for college and her future careers. Hart encouraged all students to become active members of the Fontbonne community through school clubs and activities and service projects.
After Hart concluded her speech, the senior members of NHS spoke about the acceptance criteria based on scholarship, service, leadership, and character. Scholarship describes the student’s dedication to excelling academically and maintaining a cumulative average of 93% and above. Service can be defined as doing an action that helps and benefits others. Each NHS member was required to have been in at least three service-oriented clubs in Fontbonne, and have completed 25 hours of community service each year. Leadership and character is based on the student’s performance with their peers in the classroom and is observed by the faculty members.
The students who were selected and met the criteria to become a member of the MSJF Chapter of the National Honor Society were: Sarah Berka, Erin Charles, Keara Donahue, Armani Edgar, Alyssa Federico, Samantha Fernandes, Sabrina Frasca, Isabella Grillo, Natalie LaCognata, Samantha Licata, Alexa Malerba, Emily Manti, Alyssa Owen, Kathryn Principato, Jenee Reynolds, Anne Russo, Lauren Safford, Elyssa Silverman, Lauren Silverman, and Dominica Tecza. Each of these students received an award of recognition from Fontbonne and the National Honor Society.
One newly inducted member, Alyssa Federico, stated that “being a part of National Honor Society and the induction ceremony made me feel recognized and accomplished for all the work I have done over the past three years.”
The National Honor Society believes it is important to recognize the outstanding achievements of students because it requires a lot of dedication and hard work. The organization offers many experiences, programs, and resources to better prepare individuals for college, careers, and lives.