St. John’s middle and upper school students were inducted into the National Junior Honor Society (NJHS), National Honor Society (NHS), and Tri-M Music Honor Society last Tuesday, March 12 in the school chapel. The basis of membership for the honor societies include having a high scholastic average as well as citizenship, leadership, character and service. Additional to the 5 ideals, inductees of the Tri-M Music Honor Society must be active members in a school-sponsored musical ensemble.
The aim of these societies is to encourage others to aspire to scholarly habits, to develop qualities of leadership, to engage in worthy service, to lead in those things which shall advance the welfare of our school and community, and to gain qualities of character.
A proud former St. John’s student and a majority member of the 35th Guam Legislature, Senator Régine Biscoe Lee was the evening’s guest speaker. In her speech, she integrated “love” with the five pillars of the honor societies. She expressed, “Scholarship is the love of knowledge; the love of learning, exploring and asking questions about the world. Citizenship is based out of love for your neighbor, love for your community, love for your island, and for our world.” She mentioned that Leadership is another form of love and the epitome of leadership is Jesus as the good shepherd. “He loves every member of his flock and leads them to safer and greener pastures.” The senator explained that Character is a little more complex but ultimately involves love for yourself and a true love for others. Lastly, for Service, she stated that it is the embodiment of love and correlated it to one of the world’s greatest servants, Mother Teresa.
During the ceremony, inductees were called to the front as current members lit the inductees’ candles. They were then individually called to receive their certificates from the headmaster, Ms. Patricia Bennett, signed their names on the log book and received their honor society pins.
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