By Thereza Zephir, Eleanor Trese, and Daniel Neville
DEC. 11, 2019
On October 3, 2019, 154 Saint Thomas Aquinas High School (STA) juniors and seniors were inducted into STA’s chapter of the National Honor Society (NHS). The ceremony began with an invocation by Monsignor Vincent Kelly. Next, seniors Giola Cancilla, Emily Martinez, and Amari Osouna sang a beautiful rendition of “God Bless America” and STA Principal Dr. Denise Aloma gave a speech that encouraged the candidates to be prepared to overcome challenges in their future. This was followed by NHS Co-president Skylar Hooley who provided a captivating explanation of the National Honor Society’s Pillars and Purpose. During the candle lighting ceremony, the society’s current officers lit four candles representing each of the NHS pillars: leadership, service, scholarship, and character.
National Honor Society chapters can be found all over the United States. The Society estimates that more than a million students are currently engaged in NHS activities and projects. NHS moderator Ms. Deutschmann told Raider Review that the Society “serves as… a huge resource for service for our local and school community.” Skylar Hooley said that she loves the fact that NHS doesn’t simply give back, but it gives in a way that provides members with first hand service experiences. She added, “… it was so incredible, to see the great things we have done as a group.”
STA’s chapter of the Society plans a fall and spring service project every year to raise funds that will benefit the community. In the spring of 2018, they held the first annual dance marathon fundraiser to support the Nicklaus Children’s Hospital of Miami. During the past two years this event raised over $55,000 for the hospital. They plan to create a fall service project this year.
Along with community service, NHS also provides tutoring services to STA students every Tuesday and Thursday after school. Raiders can get help with homework, prepare for tests, and form study groups with the help of NHS volunteers.
For those who are interested in applying to the Society, some of the requirements include a cumulative 4.5 GPA, a minimum of 100 service hours, as well as an excellent disciplinary and attendance record. Contact Ms. Nicole Deutschmann for more information.