St. John’s convened its annual ceremony for the Prep’s 2023 induction class into the National Honor Society on Wednesday evening. The event marked the 62nd observance of the occasion since the Brother Benjamin Chapter of the National Honor Society, named for St. John’s founding headmaster, was established at the School in November 1961. Among 165 inductees this year, 45 were seniors and 120 were juniors. Keynote speaker Andrew Fondell, a High School English teacher at the Prep since 2013, spoke of how critical collaboration is to scholarship.
Mr. Fondell said in conclusion, "If we want to learn as well as we can, we need to ask for help. And we also need to share our knowledge with others. You, as both new and returning members of the National Honor Society, can take the lead in this collective enterprise. You can demonstrate what it means to capitalize on the power of collaboration to overcome confusion in scholarship, in our own lives, and in every dilemma we face, both large and small."
Reinforcing the spirit of collaboration, Head of School Ed Hardiman, Ph.D. P'19 '21 '26 first asked students to stand and applaud their parents and guardians for supporting their sons through their lives. Dr. Hardiman invoked the spirit of inclusivity and humility: "My hope, my prayer, and—quite bluntly—my challenge to you is how will you use the gifts and talents, that brought you to this point, to serve others."
This year’s NHS officers, Mark Ghiu '24, David Kane '24, Graham Kramer '24, Sebastian Latusky '25, and Nathan Bernarducci '25 served in student-speaker roles at the assembly, each taking turns to address the four principles for candidate consideration and induction: scholarship, leadership, character, and service.
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 preceding year, and demonstrate leadership as well as substantive involvement in the life of the school. Brother Benjamin, namesake of the Prep’s NHS chapter, served as St. John’s headmaster from 1910 to 1917.
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