On January 22nd, School Without Walls was proud to induct 44 new members to the School Without Walls Chapter of the National Honor Society. New inductees included six members of the Class of 2013, and 38 members of the Class of 2014. The ceremony took place at 6:30 in the evening at the school, and was attended by a strong turnout of family, students, and faculty. The chapter’s sponsors and the principal, Richard Trogisch, proudly welcomed the new members. Mr. Scott Rechler, Chief Operating Officer of Learn Serve International, gave a wonderful speech highlighting the importance of taking action and being a positive influence in one’s community. School Without Walls has developed a strong relationship with Learn Serve International, so it was a pleasure to have Mr. Rechler speak. After Mr. Rechler’s speech, several current NHS members, including Dominique Obregon, Nkechinyerem Agbaeruneke, Katie Thomas-Canfield, Anika Burg, and Olivia Johnson, spoke on the significance of NHS and its four pillars, which include scholarship, leadership, character, and service. Each new inductee received a certificate confirming their induction, and pledged to uphold the purposes of NHS. After an original musical selection, performed by Theodore Rycroft, a reception was held in the school’s multipurpose room.
The National Honor Society is composed of a prestigious group of students who strive to be excellent in the areas of scholarship, leadership, character, and service. The School Without Walls chapter has worked on fostering these ideals in the student body of the school. This year, members hosted a fall festival for students with activities such as face painting, cakewalks, and pin the tie on Mr. Trogisch among others. Additionally, community service projects were planned by members and attended by other students in the group. Some of the projects this year included trips to Christhouse, an organization that provides breakfast to the homeless among other resources and Canal clean up trips, which were hosted in tangent with the School Without Wall’s green team. The School Without Wall’s chapter of NHS is proud to welcome its new members and is excited to work with them in the year ahead.
— Anika Burg, Historian and Olivia Johnson, Secretary