Examples of Leadership Worth Emulating
By Melissa Orff Staff Reporter · April 10, 2017
Nipmuc NHS Member Delaney Bolton lights a candle during the 55th annual Induction Ceremony held on March 23. Thirty-six new members were inducted into the National Honor Society this year..
Nipmuc Regional High School celebrated its 55th National Honor Society Induction Ceremony on March 23 by welcoming 39 students into its prestigious membership.
The annual ceremony recognizes the inductees' work in the areas of leadership, character, scholarship, and service - the four pillars of the National Honor Society (NHS).
The evening began with a candle-lit procession of the current NHS members into the auditorium before the singing of the Star-Spangled Banner by Nipmuc junior Megan Paul.
Senior and NHS President Kylie Gallagher welcomed the inductees and their families and spoke about the rigorous requirements for induction into the NHS. "Inductees, you are here tonight because of your hard work, determination, persistence, and dedication," she said.
Nipmuc Principal John Clements took to the stage to offer students advice during this politically volatile time. "Our world is full of examples of leadership that are worth emulating," he said. "They are all around us."
Current NHS Members Kaelan Farragher, Delaney Bolton, Leah Fitzgerald, Dean Sheehan, Elina Barrows, and Kimberly Frary spoke about the values of Character, Service, Leadership, Scholarship, Education, and the NHS emblem, and their importance as a member of the National Honor Society.
"Here is where we take the next steps to become empowered and responsible leaders," said Fitzgerald.
This year's inductees completed over 800 hours of community service, and several had the chance to speak about their efforts during the ceremony.
Thomas Doyle organized a holiday gift wrapping fundraiser and raised over $300 for the Upton Bloomer Girls Organization; Willow Dunster organized a clinic to provide cat owners with access to free rabies vaccines; Audra Dankwardt created gift bags for the Mendon Fire Fighters during the holidays to thank them for their service; Samantha Kilcoyne raised over $1,100 to provide needy families with access to free swimming lessons at the Whitin Community Center, Maggie MacDonald organized a pony-tail drive with Pantene's Beautiful Lengths to provide free, real-hair wigs for women with cancer; and Katie Vennard organized a clothing drive for The Little Store in Worcester, where she had been a volunteer for the past two years.
The inductees were presented with certificated and both the current and new members pledged the NHS oath to conclude the ceremony.
This year's NHS inductees were: Ashley Ambrosino, Erin Bailey, Michelle Barboza, Julia Bernero, Nicole Bohan, Erin Capalucci, Samantha Chase, Audra Dankwardt, Sean Downing, Thomas Doyle, Willow Dunster, Madison Duplessis, Robin Dupre, Davin Fazio, Isabella Genova, Michelle Goddard, Emily Hartwig, Lucy Hawkins, Chloe Hoff, Samantha Kilcoyne, Jonathan Lucier, Kathryn Luck, Maggie MacDonald, Robert Martyak, Victoria McGrath, Conor Morford, Kate Nadolski, Lauren O'Brien, Owen O'Brien, Cooper Offord, Katherine Plutnicki, Katherine Pollen, Gabrielle Puchovsky, Marie Rausch, Kayla Salgueiro, Shannon Schrafft, Christina Vanslette, Katherine Vennard, and Allison Weed.