HAS students inducted into national honor society
Twenty-four Humphreys American School students made history when they were inducted into the school’s first National Junior Honor Society chapter during a ceremony, at the Super Gym, March 26.
Parents, HAS faculty and past NJHS and National Honor Society members attended the formal ceremony.
Vicki Leivermann, the NJHS sponsor and HAS counselor, organized the event and credited the new members for making it a successful one.
“I think the kids did a fantastic job with the ceremony and we wouldn’t have been able to do this without Principal Diggs,” she said. “She (Diggs) was the vision behind making sure we have the programs that we have for the students.”
Before selection to NJHS, students went through a panel process and completed a rigorous nomination packet to be considered for membership.
According to the official site of the NHS and NJHS, the organizations serve to honor those students who have demonstrated excellence in the areas of Scholarship, Leadership, Service, and Character (and Citizenship for NJHS). These characteristics have been associated with membership in the organization since their beginnings in 1921 and 1929.
“The students worked hard to get here,” Leivermann said. “Twenty four out of 148 students were inducted today and I think that’s great.”
“I feel privileged (to be a member) because we’re the first ones (at Humphreys American School) to be inducted,” said eighth grader Emily Cox. “It means a lot because my sister was a member too.”
Of her daughter’s induction, Melissa Macalintal said she is “filled with so much pride. For Kaitlyn to come to a different country and fit in, she’s gone above what we could have hoped for.”
The following are the Humphreys American School National Junior Honor Society members:
6th Grade: Ashton Harlan (Chapter Historian), Mirae Heo, Mark Horton, Felicia Lozinski, Anne Moore (Chapter Treasurer), Dominic Perez, Stephen Richardson, Kianna Snape.
7th Grade: Kendra Berry, Sarah Cook, Montavia Brooks, Syerra Dobson (Chapter Vice President) Kaitlyn Macalintal, Von Joshua Matheny, Saadiq Phillips.
8th Grade: Gescille Acuna, Emily Cox, Hannah Davis (Chapter President), Nelson Gomes, Joshua Harlan, Arthur Mills, Kayla Pickett, Soo Yun Rhee, Soo Min Woo.
U.S. Army photos by Lori Yerdon and Sarah Dobson