CJH students inducted into National Junior Honor Society

NJHS serves to honor those students who have demonstrated excellence in the areas of Scholarship, Leadership, Service, Character, and Citizenship.

The C. J. Hooker Middle School Chapter of the National Junior Honor Society (NJHS) proudly welcomed 75 eighth graders into its chapter for the 2020-21 school year.

NJHS is the nation’s premier organization established to recognize outstanding middle school students. More than just an honor roll, NJHS serves to honor those students who have demonstrated excellence in the areas of Scholarship, Leadership, Service, Character, and Citizenship. A candle is traditionally lit for each pillar as a symbol for new members as they begin their journey with the NJHS member and beyond.

The two chapter advisers, Fabien Rivière and Karyn Hughes, are extremely proud of this group’s accomplishments and perseverance, particularly in these challenging and demanding times. They delivered membership certificates to the inductees as well as a white carnation, the honorary flower of NJHS; a medal symbolizing their membership; and a flameless candle as a reminder of the pillars for which they were inducted.

As part of the induction process, students virtually pledged oath to the Middle School Chapter of NJHS: “I pledge to myself to uphold the high purposes of the National Junior Honor Society to which I have been selected: I will be true to the principles for which it stands; I will be loyal to my school; and I will maintain and encourage high standards of scholarship, service, leadership, character, and citizenship.”

Students were selected by the members of the faculty council through a rigorous application process. The faculty council members are Margaret Storms, Mike Toscano, Mike Calabrese, Diane Bonizzi, and Patty Capocciamo.

Today, it is estimated that more than one million students participate in  National Honor Society  chapters across all 50 states, the District of Columbia, Puerto Rico, many U.S. Territories, and Canada. Each year, NJHS chapters throughout the country collectively dedicate countless hours to school and community service projects as well as fundraisers for local, national, and international charities. Instilling these values early in life helps to lay the groundwork for a lifetime of service.