Proviso Math and Science Academy is a school known for its academics.
On January 16, it recognized some of its finest students with the induction of 36 seniors into its first class of its own National Honor Society chapter.
"They have become products of who they are and what they can be," said Dr. Bessie Karvelas, principal at PMSA, at the induction ceremony in the PMSA auditorium. "Seniors, you have achieved it."
Development of the National Honor Society chapter at PMSA has been in the works since last year, according to Ms. Amy Paulus, a school counselor at PMSA. Two students on the student council, Khushi Suri and Rafael Guzman, researched what was needed to start the chapter along with Ms. Victoria Coriano, the student council sponsor for the 2012-13 school year.
Dr. Karvelas said that excellence deserves recognition, including creating a Bronze Society for sophomores and a Silver Society for juniors.
"This will motivate our students to work the 'Gold,' " she said. "Our students work hard to be the 'creme de la creme.' It is our job as administrators to showcase our students' successes."
To be inducted into the National Honor Society at PMSA, a student needs to have a grade point average of at least 3.7 of a possible 4.0. The students who meet this criterion are then contacted and invited to submit a packet in which they answer questions about their leadership skills and community service. Students are also requested to provide the names of two teachers who will be asked to answer questions regarding the students’ character.
At the induction ceremony, the 36 inducted students walked into the auditorium carrying candles, which they then lit a center set of candles symbolizing the four ideals of NHS – scholarship, leadership, service, and character.
Mr. Emanuel "Chris" Welch, state representative for the 7th District and former president of the Proviso Township High Schools District 209 Board of Education, said that the students had achieved a great honor.
"You truly are a catalyst for greatness," he said. "Continue to work hard because hard work does pay off."
The following 36 students, all seniors, were inducted into the inaugural class of the PMSA chapter of the National Honor Society: