The National Junior Honor Society (NJHS) is a prestigious organization that was founded in 1929 by the National Association of Secondary School Principals (NASSP). There are five pillars that have helped guide the organization from the beginning, which include: scholarship, service, leadership, character, and citizenship.
Last Thursday, May 12th, OLHMS hosted the annual NJHS Induction Ceremony. Our ceremony started with the Pledge of Allegiance led by George K., a welcome message by NJHS President Sara A. and remarks from Dr. Joe Macchia, Assistant Superintendent; Mr. Jay Lurquin, Secretary of the Board of Education; Mrs. Naser-Hammad, PTSA Vice President; and Dr. Sean McNichols. After several heart-felt messages, our scholars represented and spoke about each of the five pillars. George K. was the scholar representing the Leadership pillar, and he recited the leadership statement, which states that “Leadership should exert a wholesome influence on the school in taking the initiative in class and school activities. The real leader strives to train and aid others to attain the same objective. The price of leadership is sacrifice, willingness to yield one's personal interests for the interest of others. A leader has self-confidence and will go forward when others hesitate. No matter what power and resources may exist in a country, they are ineffectual without the guidance of a wise leader. Leadership is always needed, and thus an important charge to each of our members.” After George K. and our four pillar representatives recited their pillar ideals, they lit a candle to represent that pillar. After the ceremony, Sara A., NJHS President, was asked what NJHS means to her, she stated “NJHS is a community and a family to help others and lead in a positive manner. It means everything to me.”
After our 60 new NJHS members were recognized, they were sward in by Dr. McNichols as they recited the Group Pledge. We are extremely proud of our current and new NJHS members for their dedication, leadership, and example in and out of the classroom. Thank you to our NJHS Advisors, Mrs. Rayson, Mrs. Owens, and Mrs. Omiecinski for putting this beautiful ceremony together, and for all of their hard work throughout the year.