On Thursday evening the Nipmuc chapter of the National Honor Society (NHS) welcomed 36 inductees to its membership. This was the 54th annual induction to this prestigious organization that is founded on its dedication to four core values: leadership, scholarship, service and character. The event provided an evening of reflection and celebration as current NHS members offered speeches about the impact that NHS has made on their personal growth and future aspirations.
The evening was hosted by senior Kelsey Woods, the president of Nipmuc's chapter of the National Honor Society. I had the chance to speak with Kelsey about what this organization means to her and our school.
Q: What has it meant to you to be part of the National Honor Society?
A: At first, like most people in NHS, it was something to put on my resume. I had planned to join, make a college-worthy leadership project, and become president. Although I did not know the impact each part of my portfolio would have on me. For example, my leadership project was creating a fundraiser for an organization called NEADS, who trains service dogs for veterans with brain injuries and post-traumatic stress disorder. I thought that I would raise the money and then I would be done, but I'm still in contact with NEADS today. I've met the family that got the dog I helped fundraise for, saw the ceremony where the veterans see their dogs for the first time, and have heard them discuss in tears the impact the dogs have had on their lives. I've also done some service opportunities that may seem normal on my service sheet, but have definitely made life more interesting, like sorting undergarments in a homeless shelter basement, or chasing chickens back into their coup. You learn to make every requirement a fun and rewarding experience, as any other member could tell you.
Q: What has been the most enjoyable part about being president of NHS?
A: Heading and creating the induction from scratch was the most enjoyable part of being president. I have had other leadership positions before, but never anything that big, or as the main leader. For instance, as field hockey captain, I always had Sam Capalucci, or Carly Thibodeau to discuss with or I took charge of just the defensive end of the field. To have every member of a large organization like NHS come to you to put an event together, and measuring every finite detail, you learn a lot more about yourself as a leader.
Q: What is the most impressive quality you notice in this new group of inductees?
A: What a diverse, yet accomplished group of people they are. They all embody leadership and talent, like Megan Paul, who beautifully sang the National Anthem last night, or Cole Alibozek who is one of the best golfers Nipmuc has ever seen. Like every year, our new inductees represent a wide range of clubs and organizations, but they all contribute and epitomize the five pillars of National Honor Society.
Congratulations to our new inductees:
Sophomores: Caroline Abate, Cole Alibozek, Elina Barrows, Delaney Bolton, Celine Bui, Juliette Carreiro, Erika Comfort, Michael Davidshofer, Olivia Dolbec, Cameron Dunning, Lindsay Enos, Leah Fitzgerald, Samantha Galicki, Emily Gay, Kiara Griffith, Ryan Kelleher, Owen Lukas, Mackenzie Morgan, Sarah Nasif, Maya Ostoin, Megan Paul, Catherine Prescott, Max Robakiewicz, Natalie Rodman, Christian St. Pierre, Rachel Thibodeau, Lauren Vincens
Juniors: Carol Abedelnour, Kaelan Farragher, Joanne Michel, Paige Murphy
Seniors: Teresa Brossi, Mary Morcos, Olivia Onorato, Madison Sauter, Aryane Schiavo