22 Students Virtually Inducted into NJHS

NJHS Virtual Induction ceremonyNorfolk Collegiate’s Heath Chapter of the National Junior Honor Society, NJHS, virtually inducted 22 new members on Wednesday, May 20, 2020. NJHS is a national organization that recognizes outstanding seventh and eighth grade students who meet academic and service requirements.

“As a tradition, this ceremony is completely run by the students, specifically the current officers and board members of the National Junior Honor Society. We are excited that in this digital environment, we are continuing this unique tradition,” said NJHS Board Member Finley McCashin.

The student-led ceremony included remarks from NJHS officers, a lighting of the candles by Mr. Van Deven and the induction of new members.

The new inductees included:

  • Jordyn Adams
  • Mylo Bowles
  • Sarah Burton
  • Bridget Taylor
  • Mackenzie Farrell
  • Mary Fitzwater
  • Henry Frankenberry
  • Carmen Gaskin
  • Ruby Glover
  • Natalie Harvey
  • Parker Howlett
  • Austin Hrisko
  • Ferris Krippendorf
  • Elizabeth Mantz
  • Madeline Murphy
  • Baylen Newcomb
  • Andrew Smith
  • Jacob Taylor
  • Collin Tharp
  • Elliot Thomson
  • Cyla Walker
  • Evan Wallach 

“We hope that in these new times we are living in, you remember we’re still a community and we’re in this together,” said Finley. “We hope you still accept challenges that come your way with a positive attitude, try new things even if they are uncomfortable sometimes, continue to be successful in your studies, and provide service to others as members of the National Junior Honor Society. The glass is always half full.”

NJHS Community Service by The Numbers

Members must have a cumulative grade point average of 88. However, membership is more than just academic. Students must also demonstrate the attributes of leadership, good character and citizenship, as well as a desire to render service and to provide worthy leadership. To be eligible, students must have completed 10 hours of community service and must complete an additional 10 hours before the end of the school year. Collegiate’s NJHS members performed over 1,500 hours of community service by March of this year with the newest members having performed 523 of those hours.

They supported groups such as Hospitality for the Homeless by assembling care kits for the area’s homeless, ran collected hundreds of socks and gloves to donate to the NEST program for the area’s homeless, work with the ForKids and assisted the middle school Student Government Association with a food drive before Thanksgiving.