On a sunny September day, friends and families of three outstanding learners gathered at the Delta campus of Vision Charter Academy to honor Jackson Duckworth, CJ Braddy and Noah Miller as they were inducted into the school's chapter of the National Honor Society. The three join the elite ranks of only 23 learners who've been inducted into the school's chapter since 2012.
The National Honor Society (NHS) is the nation's premier organization established to recognize outstanding high school students. More than just an honor roll, NHS serves to recognize those students who have demonstrated excellence in the areas of scholarship, leadership, service and character. These characteristics have been associated with membership in the organization since its beginning in 1921.
More than simply a club of "the smart kids," membership in the National Honor Society is a celebration of students who have successfully woven and demonstrated exceptional skills, attitude and compassion. Learners who are inducted into NHS are selected on the basis of scholarship, leadership, service and character.
Caryn Braddy, the director of business for VCA, spoke at the ceremony. Becoming a member of the National Honor Society requires much more than good grades, she told those gathered. "This organization values and recognizes people who entwine what they know with the actions they take to make a difference in the world," she said. "Each of these young men have met the requirements of becoming a member in his own unique way, and all have the common value of not just acquiring knowledge for knowledge's sake, but in order to take the next steps in their place in the world."
Before the new members were sworn in, current members of the Vision chapter read short essays about the characteristics of NHS members and held a candle lighting ceremony.