Eight students were inducted into the National Junior Honor Society last Thursday during a moving ceremony at Linda Vista Adventist Elementary.
The inductees gathered with friends, family, teachers, and local church members in the LVAE auditorium for the National Junior Honor Society (NJHS) Induction Ceremony.
The evening started out with an introduction by new Principal and Advisor Lois DeWitt. The eight inductees were then each escorted onto the stage by a family member.
After an opening prayer by Senior Pastor Dennis Stirewalt from the Camarillo Seventh-day Adventist Church, two official officers of the NJHS took their positions as Masters of Ceremony over the event.
The inductees each recited the NJHS pledge, promising to “maintain and encourage the high standards of…scholarship, leadership, service and character.”
After they recited their pledges, longtime teacher at Linda Vista Adventist Elementary, Mrs. Anne Blech, read personalized congratulatory remarks for each of the students, written by former principal and teacher Mrs. Sharon Schwartz- Crooms.
“There wasn’t a dry eye [in the auditorium] after that,” said Linda Vista Principal Lois Dewitt. “[The students] were excited and humbled to be inducted [and] the families and guests were very respectful in recognition of the great honor bestowed upon these young people.”
Former inductees from Linda Vista Adventist Elementary were also brought on stage and introduced to those in attendance.
Before a student is invited into the National Junior Honor Society, each inductee must complete a rigorous screening process. Students must have a minimum Grade Point Average of 3.5 to be considered a candidate for the society. Then, qualified students must fill out a Student Activity Form, which is reviewed by the LVAE Faculty Council. The council, made up of three staff members, considers each candidate’s performance in the areas of leadership, service, character, and citizenship before making a final decision on whether or not the student meets National Junior Honor Society standards.
This is the third year Linda Vista Adventist Elementary has been a member of the NJHS.
DeWitt was pleased with the turnout of the induction ceremony, which garnered approximately 70 people on Thursday night.
“This special program that not only recognizes the students for their academics, but also for leadership, service, and character,” DeWitt said. “Junior high is when the students often form their identity; it's the opportune time to encourage them to be a leader and serve their school and community with good character.”
Published Oct 7, 2015
SCC Marketing Team