That was one of Principal Brad Cooley’s messages to the student body during the National Honor Society induction ceremony Wednesday morning. He said what drives the new members to excel in the classroom is also what “pushes them to excel in other venues.”
The National Honor Society officers discussed the values of the program, which was founded in 1921: Scholarship (vice president Mara Berry), leadership (secretary Abigail Gfell), character (treasurer Quinn Jaworski) and service (historian Haleigh Skinner).
President Crimson Stuckert, who led the induction pledge, said after the ceremony the society makes NHS a better place.
“It just means the future of Norwalk is better than it was. … It is just getting better,” added the daughter of Joe and Sandee.
While current members “tapped” the new inductees, senior Lucas Braker performed the allegro movement of “Horn Concerto No. 3 KV. 447” by Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart on the French horn. Choir director Carol Mason accompanied him on piano. Mason earlier directed the select choir ensemble in their a capella performance of “The Star-Spangled Banner.”
Students who earned a 3.6 GPA by the end of their sophomore year were eligible to apply to the National Honor Society. A faculty council voted on the applicants. On Wednesday, 45 students were inducted into the prestigious group.
“You are impressive in your own right; you are more impressive as a whole,” said Cooley, who noted this was the largest group of inductees in school history.
Members have organized a blood drive and helped the local Salvation Army by ringing bells and seeking donations. Last year, the society collected nearly 300 donated books for the literacy program for the Norwalk Area United Fund.
For the last six years, the induction ceremony has been held during the school day. Adviser Nancy Gfell said she hopes that seeing students being honored will motivate and inspire the underclassmen.