On March 8, 2017, the newest members of the National Honors Society were inducted by Mrs. Godziszewski, the program’s advisor, as well as the organization’s current officers. Only sophomores and juniors were inducted as twenty-two scholars became the newest class of Phoenix Military Academy’s Chapter of the National Honors Society.
As they heard their names being called, each inductee came to the stage and was given a yellow rose, a certificate, and a firm handshake. To solidify that they were officially a member of the society, they signed their names in the NHS Induction book. Walking off the stage and back into their seats, emotions spread as candidates were no longer candidates; they were members.
“I had a ton of emotions as I walked across the stage. I was excited and a bit shocked, but most importantly, I felt relieved,” said junior Kayla Webster, who was seeking to be a part of the program since her sophomore year.
Many inductees felt the same as Webster. Meanwhile others felt differently as they reminisced on how their scholastic capabilities allowed them to be involved in the program.
“I was proud of myself more than ever, but I would also say that I was surprised because I came to the realization that if I continue to apply myself through my studies, I will become academically successful,” said sophomore Guetzemany Guardado.
NHS revolves around four pillars: scholarship, leadership, service, and character. All members embody at least one of the pillars and they are expected to personify all four pillars during their time as members of the NHS.
“I most resonate with leadership because since I am the oldest of my three younger sisters, I feel as if I’m obligated to be a positive role model for them and for my close friends as well,” said junior Juan Guardado.
Guardado, who is Guetzemany’s older brother, and also a new member of the NHS, stated how this specific accomplishment was a personal goal that he felt he had to achieve.
“Earlier in the year, my grandfather passed away and it was completely devastating for me because I was planning to surprise him with many of my academic accomplishments such as being Cadet of the Semester and even being a prospect NHS member. Now that I am an actual member, the passing of my grandfather drives me to work even harder and utilize my personal character traits to benefit National Honors Society,” said Juan.
Being individuals of high character and seeking to improve the NHS, many new inductees were posed with the rhetorical question of how they can contribute to the program.
“I am a very open-minded person. With that being said, I feel as if I’d be able to mediate and take everyone’s thoughts and opinions into consideration with an open ear,” said junior Guadalupe Trejo.
However, the program was created in a way that will better shape these scholars to become more well-rounded students and will ultimately benefit their futures.
“In my opinion, being a member of the National Honors Society will help me gain experience in communicating with people who are different from me. Such an opportunity will enhance my skills of communication with those of different backgrounds as I seek to indulge myself in the business world,” said Webster.