Recently the Pottstown Middle School held a candle lighting induction ceremony for 44 new members of the National Junior Honor Society. The candle lighting induction ceremony was conducted at a school-wide assembly which was also attended by school district administrators, school board members, and parents of the inductees. Entertainment was provided by the middle school jazz band under the direction of Mr. Ben Hayes. The audience heard arrangements of the theme from “James Bond,” “Stand By Me,” and “I Got Rhythm.”
The National Junior Honor Society is sponsored by Ms. Lois Sanders who also organized the candle lighting induction program. Dr. Jeffrey Sparagana, Superintendent of Schools was the keynote speaker and encouraged students to strive to their highest potential and never allow anyone to tell them that they cannot achieve.
Eighth grade honor students Dylan Brandt and Khaleah Jeter provided the welcome and introduction of the keynote speaker. Students taking part in the candle lighting ceremony included: Yuliza Cruz, Khalif Jeter, Janna Jones, Kyli McKee, Kenny Patel, Emily Iezzi, Heather Swanson, and Nyles Rome.
Ms. Sanders and eighth grader Alivia Lopez led the inductees in the National Honor Society Pledge. Requirements for membership in National Junior Honor Society include that a student must obtain a minimum grade point average of 91% during their sixth and seventh grade years and maintain that average. Additionally, they must complete an application that includes obtaining character references from community and staff members. They must also promise to maintain the high standards of National Honor Society and serve their school and community by participating in various service projects throughout the year.
Under the direction of Ms. Sanders, students work to maintain high standards of academic achievement and community service. Their participation helps to keep them focused from an early age on the goal of high academic achievement. Students who actively pursue academic excellence increase their chances of success in adult life.
Soaad Elbahwati recited a poem to close the ceremonies. New inductees and their parents were invited to a reception held in the middle school library.
The Pottstown School District is proud to have a local chapter of a prestigious organization such as the National Honor Society and a coordinator who works tirelessly to provide opportunity for students to develop a value for education. This year’s inductees include: