NJHS ceremony inspires first Gathering back at school


Tyler Malmstrom

TAKE A LOOK INTO THE NJHS: The new NJHS members gather outside for their induction ceremony

Aleeza Raza, Author

56 students were inducted into the NJHS on May 4th 2021; this joyous occasion took place in the WMS parking lot that afternoon. 

Several town officials made speeches during the ceremony including Emily Bourdin,  Dr. Zega, Dr. Crowe, and Mayor McCormac. Mayor McCormac  stated, “This is a step in the right direction, but there’s a long way to go.” McCormac was referencing the positivity of the event and the work that needs to be continued in the future.

Ms. McHale, the NJHS chairperson explained how impressive this year’s inductees are, saying, “Even during a school year, like no other, we had an amazing group apply. This was our largest inductee class. I am forever impressed by the youngsters’ drive, resilience, and perseverance. This year we had 56 inductees.”

McHale went on to explain the rigorous application process, which involves the application itself along with two essays.

A group of 8th grade NJHS members also threw in additional speeches presenting the 5 pillars of NJHS which are, scholarship, service, leadership, character, and citizenship.  McHale was excited to have the 8th graders involved because they did not get a ceremony last year,  “Also, we were able to recognize the 34 8th grade students that were inducted virtually last year. I am forever fortunate to be a part of the NJHS committee.”

Following the speeches, the new members stood and recited the pledge of the NJHS. All members rose and faced their parents. It is now their responsibility to continue living up to the pledge and to demonstrate/portray/ the five pillars throughout their life.

Shortly after the pledge, additional speeches were made and the new inductees were congratulated on their hard work. The president of the NHS left a message for the new inductees speaking about the 5 pillars, and congratulating the NJHS members.

At the end of the ceremony, students were handed their certificates and reunited with their parents.  

7th graders Brianna Trenery and Mika Golden represented the 7th grade class during the induction.   Golden said, “It proved to me that I could accomplish anything I set my mind to, no matter the odds.” 

Meanwhile, Trenery stated, “The part I enjoyed the most was the pledge, because it was the moment I officially accomplished my goal of being in the NJHS.”