Good News from A Great City Haverhill, MA
On September 9, 2014 Haverhill’s immediate future and longer range future began to unfold. It was primary election day with several local offices being contended, and it was also the night when Haverhill High School inducted 65 new members to the National Honor Society (NHS).
The Heartbeat of Haverhill participated in both with a visit to the ballot box and a front row seat at the NHS induction. You’ll read about the elections in the media, so THOH will concentrate on recognizing the students who will help shape our local and national future a bit farther down the road.
The National Honor Society candidates are selected based on a combination of four impressive qualities: Character, Scholarship, Leadership, and Service. These students are well rounded in thought and action. They keep their grades high through hard work, are able to lead and mentor other students, innately do the right thing even when no one is watching, and carve out time in busy high school schedules to give back to society in myriad ways.
The students marched in and took their seats in rows stretching nearly to the back of the HHS auditorium in their reserved section. There was a brief statement from HPS School Committee vice president Scott Wood. Joanne Baker the NHS advisor installed the officers: NHS president Stephanie Zuber, vice president Nicole Conte, secretary Eliza Bowen, and treasurer Emily Nguyen.
Dr. Graciela Trilla District English Learner Education Supervisor at Haverhill Public School, challenged the group with a quote often attributed to Winston Churchill: “We make a living by what we get, but we make a life by what we give.”
Each inductee participated in a candle lighting ceremony while excerpts from their application essays were read aloud by the NHS officers. The subject of the essays was the “Person who influenced me the most.” The subject both acknowledged the support of the person or persons who helped the student achieve as much as they had to date, but also served as a reminders that no one makes it in a vacuum and that these students would be expected to lift up others along their way. There were plenty of filled eyes in the audience as student essays acknowledged parents, grandparents, friends and classmates as those who inspired them to become better people.
A poised and talented Taylor House followed with her rendition of “Your My Best Friend” sung in gratitude to the attending family and friends. HHS Principal Beth Kitsos also addressed the group, before NHS Advisor Joanne Baker concluded the formal portion of the event allowing time for proud parents to photograph the students and grab a goodie from the lengthy table full of treats.
There are no cheerleaders shouting out the names of these impressive students on game day, their stats are seldom reported in local papers. Their acknowledgement comes on this one night and on graduation day when they attach their gold tassels to their mortar boards before heading out in pursuit of college, military, and career plans that will continue to shape these extraordinary students into valuable and valued citizens. Mayor Jim Fiorentini and the City of Haverhill, let’s hope many of these young adults stay local!
So The Heartbeat of Haverhill wants to recognize these students by name, to act as cheerleader for the hard working, bright, conscientious, and kind kids:
Samantha Van Tassel
Congratulations ladies and gentlemen. The eyes of the community are upon you in gratitude, awe, and anticipation.
Full disclosure: THOH was not in attendance exclusively to report on this event. My husband Jonathan Campbell and I are very proud of Leisa Campbell for exemplifying the characteristics of the National Honor Society.
(c) 2014 by Alison Colby-Campbell