February 19, 2010
The annual National Junior Honor Society induction ceremony took place on Thursday, February 18th in the Father Gene Dore Family Center. This event was both very traditional and, like every other year, a beautiful ceremony. During the ceremony, NJHS members gave brief speeches on the five pillars of NJHS – scholarship, service, leadership, character, and citizenship. This year there were 13 new inductees, bringing the St. Ignatius chapter of the NJHS membership to a total of 24 students. The new inductees include from the eighth grade: Veronica Alba, Stephanie Bartz, Marc Carrizales, Luke Daisy, Marissa Loredo, and Ryan Pelarski. From seventh grade: Michael Bartz, Bella Brunkenhoefer, and Maritza Gloria; and from sixth grade: Gabriela Castillo, Genoveva Guerrero, Emma Leasure, and James Mahoney. Each inductee was awarded a certificate of membership and a NJHS membership card. Inductees were invited to stand and light their individual votive candle from one of the candles representing the five qualities of membership. They then recited the NJHS pledge, “I pledge myself to uphold the high purposes of the National Junior Honor Society to which I have been selected; I will be loyal to my school and my God, and I will maintain and encourage high standards of scholarship, leadership, service, and character.”
According to Mrs. Jones and Ms. Macbeth, St. Ignatius NJHS advisers, the NJHS recognizes students who have attained academic excellence and who have demonstrated the hallmarks of character, scholarship, citizenship, leadership, and service and encourages its members and other students to aspire to excel in these virtues.
Jillian Malone, current President of the St. Ignatius chapter of the NJHS, welcomed the new members in their first ever meeting on Friday, February 19, 2010. She reviewed what the chapter has accomplished this year, which includes among other things: a military supply drive, a September 11th remembrance ceremony, a Living Rosary, a tutoring table, and a NJHS sponsored dance.