The Proviso East High School National Honor Society (NHS) had 40 new members inducted at a special dinner and ceremony on February 28.
The students were inducted in a ceremony that was completely student-led and organized. Destiny Lee, a senior and NHS secretary, said to the roughly 200 parents, friends and students in attendance that this was a truly wonderful accomplishment for the inductees. She also said that earning the right to be inducted into NHS is a major achievement.
The ceremony also included Destiny, Antony Greenhow, a senior and NHS president; Melanie Garcia-Paz, a junior; and Stephanie Gonzalez, a junior, leading the crowd through the candle-lit ceremony. They explained the importance of the NHS pillars of service, character, leadership, and scholarship. After taking the NHS pledge, each student was called by name to receive their certificate from Ms. Ashley Glickman, the NHS sponsor, and Ms. Kisha Lang, Proviso East assistant principal for educational services.
"My students and I tried to plan an event that demonstrated the hard work put forth by the students at Proviso East to earn their spot within National Honor Society," Ms. Glickman said. "The event was a wonderful production put on by students for many deserving students and their families."
To be inducted into the National Honor Society, a student needs to have at least four semesters in which they earn a grade point average of at least 3.0 of a possible 4.0. The students who meet this criterion are then contacted and invited to submit an application in which they answer questions about their leadership skills and community service as well as write an essay on why they believe they should be inducted.
Dr. Nettie Collins-Hart, superintendent of District 209, said that this is a major achievement for the students.
"We have always known that we have great students in our schools," she said. "By being inducted into an organization such as the National Honor Society, they have demonstrated that doing well in the classroom and service to the community work well together."
Mr. Tony Valente, principal at Proviso East, said that he was most impressed by the expressions on the faces of the parents.
"I think it was a great turnout," he said. "What I really noticed was the smiles on the parents’ faces."
The following students were inducted on February 28: