The ranks of National Honor Society members at Xavier High school swelled to 179 after virtual ceremonies on Thursday evening.
There are now 109 juniors and 70 seniors in the NHS. All members of the NHS must maintain a cumulative GPA of 3.33 or higher and perform 12 hours of NHS service for each year of membership. The four qualities of scholarship, service, leadership and character also must be maintained by all members.
The advisors are Brother Philip Revell, C.F.X., and Mrs. Deborah Gargano. The NHS officers are Daniel Lyons, president; Liam Houchin, first vice president; Donald Frost, second vice president; Parker Hunter, secretary; Andrew Mitchill, treasurer; and Dominick Delaney, Anthony Satrohan, and Revanth Yalamanchi, chapter historians.
Xavier has Honor Societies for Spanish, French, Latin, Science, Math, Social Studies, English, and International Thespian. Hundreds of students either were inducted into those Honor Societies Thursday evening or are a member already.
Xavier’s four National Merit Commended Students (Jordan Hetu, David Jerman, Jake Lion, and Eduardo Serrano) also were honored. Previously honored at the Opening of School Mass was National Merit semifinalist Ryan Frier.
The school also welcomed 26 seniors as the school’s newest Distinguished Scholars. Students must have completed a minimum of two AP courses prior to senior year and be enrolled in a minimum of three AP courses in their senior year. Students must maintain a minimum cumulative 3.0 GPA and must not have a grade lower than C in any AP course.
For the Class of 2022 and beyond, the Distinguished Scholar criteria has changed. A student must take a total of six AP courses (two of which must be before senior year and at least three during senior year). Students must maintain at least a 3.25 overall GPA with no grade lower than B-minus in any AP course.
One element of the inductions into the NHS is the candle lighting ceremony defining scholarship, leadership, service and character. A sampling:
“Learning furnishes the lamp by which we read the past and the light that illuminates the future.”
“Character is achieved, not received.”
For the program, which includes the names of NHS and other Honor Society members, click here.