Nineteen students in grades 7-9 met the requirements for membership outlined by St. Bernard Middle School’s National Junior Honor Society Chapter and were inducted during a ceremony held in the Abbey Church on Wednesday, February 21, 2018.
President Nikolas Borths introduced each student and confirmed that they met the required qualifications needed to become members of National Junior Honor Society – Scholarship, Service, Leadership, Character and Citizenship.
Borths began the program with a description of the guidelines for scholarship. At a minimum, each student must have a cumulative GPA of 85, B, 3.0 on a 4.0 scale, or equivalent standard of excellence.
Next, Alex Lewis reminded students of the qualities needed for service. This involves voluntary contributions made by a student to the school or community, done without compensation.
The standards set for leadership were presented by Kathleen George. Student leaders are expected to be resourceful, good problem solvers, and idea contributors. Leadership experiences can be drawn from school or community activities while working with or for others.
Qualifications for the standard of character were delivered by Madeline McBride. A student of good character is cooperative, demonstrates high standards of honesty and reliability, shows courtesy, concern, and respect for others, and generally maintains a clean disciplinary record.
Marianee Pichardo described the standard of citizenship. The student must understand the importance of civic engagement, have a high regard for freedom and justice, respect the U.S. form of government, respect the law for all citizens at the local, state, and federal levels, and demonstrate mature participation and responsibility in activities such as scouting, community organizations, or school clubs.
Headmaster, Father Linus Klucsarits, congratulated the newly inducted students as well as their parents. He recognized their achievements and encouraged them to keep being their best as they work toward their goals.
Following the ceremony, a reception was held in the Brahma Room for the inductees and their parents.