BY DARIAN SABLON
The room was packed with both students and parents, celebrating the beginning of a new chapter in their lives and the end of another. The NHS Induction Ceremony was more than just the acceptance of over 100 students into NHS – it was an appreciation for everything that the club stands for.
“It feels very humbling to be surrounded by such exemplary individuals such as the men and women in that room,” junior and NHS inductee John Lystad said. “They are all exceptional human beings, all of them great leaders and good people.”
Cooper City High School’s NHS Chapter celebrated the induction of its new members on Thursday in the auditorium. Consisting of speeches from both old and new officers surrounding the NHS’s four pillars (scholarship, service, leadership and character), the ceremony served as a way to send off its 60 graduating senior members and reward them for their participation in the club. Special Recognition awards were given to those seniors who dedicated themselves to NHS and put in the utmost effort in trying to make every one of the club’s projects successful not only for the club but more importantly for the community at large.
“I’ll definitely remember this moment for the rest of my life, I got to help the community with Chad, we got to do great projects,” 2016-2017 NHS Country Representative Logan Piper said. “The ceremony really has a deep meaning for me.”
Aside from saying goodbye to the past members, the ceremony was also centered around welcoming the 104 new members to NHS as well as its new officers. For the upcoming juniors and seniors joining the club, the ceremony served as a way to help bring a sense of unity among the inductees and promote active participation in projects for the betterment of the community.
“I hope we can finally make an impact in our society as a whole,” junior and NHS inductee Alexis Shectman said. “It’s not just going to be for service hours but it’s going to be for the community in total.”
Overall, it was an emotional experience for everyone, particularly for the seniors as well as the club’s advisor Mr. Dixon, who received an award for his commitment to helping organize the club and its projects.
“It was great saying goodbye to my seniors and welcoming the new inductees to National Honor Society,” advisor Mr. Dixon said. “Seeing the inductees walk across the stage gives me the hope to take this club above and beyond [its] endless potential.”
Featured photo by Karina Blodnieks