Since 1921, the National Honor Society has recognized high school students in every state for scholarship, leadership, character, and service. On November 6, 2019, St. John's proudly inducted 172 students into the Brother Benjamin chapter of the NHS. The induction ceremony features several signature traditions, among them the lighting of four candles that represent the qualities of scholarship, leadership, character, and service. More photos on SmugMug.
Lighting the four candles at this year’s ceremony were the National Honor Society officers: Philip Ricciardelli ’20, president; Andrew Ge ’20, vice president; Owen Gaffney ’20, secretary; and Kyle Surdam ’20, treasurer.
Headmaster Hardiman congratulated the new inductees on their hard work and achievement, sharing two stories from his time in Duran, Ecuador as a lay missionary and urging the inductees to think of the needs of others and to direct their gifts and talents toward the service of others. “Tonight’s induction is not about honoring and setting you apart from others. Rather, it’s about calling you to further action, and to use your gifts and talents to build others up. Metaphorically, tonight is an invitation to [as we did in Duran] help your neighbor build their concrete home … (or) to secure a government grant to build a soup kitchen.”
To qualify for NHS membership, students must demonstrate academic achievement, leadership, character, and a commitment to community service. Specifically, students must earn a minimum 3.5 cumulative grade point average, contribute at least 30 hours of community service in the prior year, and demonstrate leadership and involvement in the life of the school. The Brother Benjamin chapter at St. John’s is named for the Prep’s founding headmaster, who served from 1910 to 1917.
Once students become society members, they are expected to continue to share their talents and give back to St. John's by serving as tutors to their peers, acting as tour guides for open house events, and performing a variety of other services for the school community.
“This is an important night and a night that you should savor when you reflect on different accomplishments in your life’s journey,” said Dr. Hardiman. “Each of you has taken a different path to arrive at your seat this evening. Tonight, the spotlight is on you. But tomorrow, you are called to put the spotlight on others as you more deeply live the vocation of servant leader through your words and actions.
We are proud of your accomplishments!
Class of 2020
On Tung Wong
Class of 2021
Nicholas de Melo