Friday, May 22, 1998
National Honor Society inducts new members
submitted by Tom Curtin
On Wednesday, May 6, the Concord-Carlisle High School's Minuteman Chapter of the National Honor Society inducted 79 new members. Chapter advisor and social studies teacher Dr. Robert Furey joined Principal Elaine DiCicco and keynote speaker Dr. Douglas Powell on stage.
After the welcoming address by National Honor Society President and senior Evan Zeisel, DiCicco spoke to the gathering. Her pride in the students' accomplishments was evident. So, too, was the seriousness with which she regards the oath the students were about to take. "This is no small commitment," she said, "particularly in a society which often accepts expediency, minimal effort and rationalization as givens. We all applaud you for striving to do your best in all things and for not being afraid to put aside mediocrity in search of high ideals and lofty goals."
The principal's address was followed by the candle-lighting ceremony which highlights the National Honor Society's values. After Lindsay MacDonald's introduction, executive committee members spoke about each quality while lighting a symbolic candle. Meghan Maro spoke of scholarship, Katey Williams of service, Keith Maley of leadership, and Lauren Sardina of character.
Balancing work, love and play
Powell then addressed the gathering in his typically upbeat and insightful
manner. In addition to being director of research in behavior science
at Harvard University Health Services, a founding partner of the Powell
and Wagner psychological consulting firm, and author of four books,
Powell is a long-term supporter of CCHS, where two of his own children
graduated. Powell's talk, entitled "How to be smart and be normal,"
focused on the importance of balancing one's life in the
Powell's address was followed by the inductees being called to the stage to receive their membership pins and certificates. They were then formally inducted by Zeisel, who administered the National Honor Society oath.
In an interview prior to the ceremony, Furey spoke highly of the inductees, who had lived up to the standards of the society. He noted that, contrary to the assumption that the increasing number of inductees represents a lowering of the standards, the minimum scholarship requirement for consideration is higher than ever at 3.33. Academically eligible students must also fulfill a number of community service requirements for NHS over and above the 40 hours of community service required for graduation. NHS service activities include two town-wide clean-ups, a can drive for Open Table, making sandwiches for Haley House, and a phonathon for the Concord-Carlisle Scholarship Fund.
Furey notes that "Serving the community makes clear to the students through their actions that, while admission to NHS is an honor recognizing their accomplishments, it is also a commitment to continue to exemplify the values of scholarship, service, leadership and character."
This year's new members are: Petra Aldrich, Gabriel Allen-Fahlander, Ashley
Carrie Andreson, Rachel Atwater-Rhodes, Jessica Babine, Jason
Badrinarain, Michael Balulescu, Joshua Baratz, Jennifer Bates, Erica
Berman, Laura Bilodeau, Caroline Bombrun, Emily Butters, Robert
Carlisle students are in bold.
Tom Curtin is a guidance counselor at CCHS, currently on leave.