National Honor Society inducts 68 members

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Alexa-Jada Nelson

photo by Alexa-Jada Nelson

The National Honor Society Induction Ceremony for the Scotch Plains-Fanwood Chapter took place on Tuesday, October 20, 2015 at 7 o’clock in the evening.
At 7pm on Tuesday, October 20, 2015, 68 members were inducted into the National Honor Society. Including its returning fifty members, this year’s membership totals 118 junior and senior students. National Honor Society is an organization that recognizes stellar results from students that portray scholarship, service, and leadership. “That’s what we put our emphasis on and hope that the members of National Honor Society can take away,” said SPFHS principal Dr. Heisey. “Not just while they are here in high school, but beyond, after they leave this institution.”
The new inductees all acquired a minimum 3.75 GPA and are required to maintain that GPA along with continuing charity work and demonstrating continued leadership. The new inductees participate in a variety of extracurricular activities at SPFHS, including DECA, Model U.N., Astronomy Club, and Student Council. The society is welcoming new advisors this year, Lauren DeNicola and Matthew Ritter. “I would expect the new members are excited about serving the community and finding projects that they’re actually passionate about” said Denicola. “[We’re] really looking for people who are in need and places the students can make a difference.”
The induction featured a guest speaker, SPFHS alumna Alison Chandra, who chronicled her adventures as a nurse aboard the Mercy Ships Africa, an organization that provides professional medical care to hundreds of Africans in need. One of her focal points was service: “I think the idea of service is so integral to who I am as a person and who I want to see other people be” said Chandra. “You need to look around you and take part in changing the world.” To all of the National Honor Society members, she advised, “Just be excellent.”