National Junior Honor Society Induction Ceremony
By: Chris Salazar, NJHS Secretary
On the evening of Thursday, February 15, the National Junior Honor Society (NJHS) held its induction ceremony in the Multi-Purpose Room of Tucson Country Day School. The ceremony’s purpose was to officially induct new members into the TCDS chapter of the NJHS. This ceremony was one of many before in the chapter’s nine-year history. About seventeen new members were inducted, ranging from sixth to eighth grade. The ceremony is considered a formal occasion, so “dressy” clothing was expected among the current members, while new members received a notice stating that formal wear was appreciated.
As all members of NJHS know, the application process is no easy task. First, a review is done to see if you have met the minimum GPA requirement for one full semester prior to application. You must also have been enrolled at TCDS for at least one semester. If one has met these requirements, he or she will receive an application packet. After submission, the packet will be reviewed by a council made up of TCDS faculty members. If the council decides the applicant has met all the requirements and has the correct personality traits of a NJHS member, a letter is given to all applicants who have made it this far, offering membership in NJHS if he or she so desires. If the applicant still wishes to proceed, the letter is returned and marked to indicate he or she still desires to be in NJHS. After all trials and tribulations, the only thing left is to attend the induction ceremony and become an official member of the National Junior Honor Society.
This year’s induction ceremony was lovely. Everyone was in formal dress, and the respect shown by the members was wonderful. Along with the help of Ms. Courtney and Mr. Kievit (co-advisors of NJHS), Nathaniel K., the president of NJHS, and the other officers of NJHS did an excellent job of running the ceremony (nearly) flawlessly. Aside from a couple blunders with the lighter during the candle ceremony (which provided a bit of comic relief!), the ceremony ran smoothly and was possibly the best one yet. The quality of the ceremony was just another example of the esteemed excellence of the TCDS chapter of the National Junior Honor Society and its members.