National Honor Society Welcomes New Class of Scholars
February 13, 2020
The Christian Brothers Academy chapter of the National Honor Society (NHS) officially welcomed 29 new members on Wednesday evening at the annual NHS Induction & Honors Convocation.
Joining the 34 CBA seniors who were inducted previously, the 29 new members were accepted into this prestigious society, which is based on the pillars of Scholarship, Service, Character and Leadership. As is the tradition, Principal Ross Fales conferred the ceremonial golden tassels to each new inductee as a display of achievement.
To be accepted into the NHS at CBA, students must have a minimum grade point average (GPA) of 91.5, obtained a minimum of 131.9 service hours, and achieved 10 school activities points, which includes involvement in CBA athletics, clubs & groups, and performing arts. Students are required to have multiple reviews and recommendations from CBA faculty and outside sources.
The newest class of inductees blew those marks far out of the water. The 29 Academy men averaged a GPA of 95.1, worked 154.5 hours of service, and gained 16.75 activities points. Many of the new members hold valuable leadership positions as athletic team captains, executives in clubs, camp counselors, CCD teachers and Special Olympics leads.
“Each year at this time, it is my pleasure to extend a special congratulations to the students inducted into the De La Salle chapter of the National Honor Society,” Principal Fales said. “These few students have distinguished themselves in an already excellent field of honorees that encompasses well over 50 percent of the school.”
Chartered at the Academy in 1965, the Saint de La Salle Chapter of the National Honor Society exists to promote scholarship, service, leadership and character among high school students. Membership is open to students who have completed at least five semesters at CBA and who exhibit the qualities of the four pillars to an exceptional degree.
Those students with the minimum academic average are invited to complete an application. Applications for rising seniors are considered in September. Applications for juniors and seniors are considered in February. The society is led by mathematics department chairman, Mr. Tony Cecilione.
The society’s current executive board members (highlighted by blue robes above) include President Bruce Martin, Vice President Drew Valsamedis, Parliamentarian Zachary Miller, Secretary Aidan Holovach, and Treasurer Kirk Yap.
“They truly exemplify the long standing CBA motto of ‘Religio, Mores, Cultura’ by excelling not only in academics, but also in the pillars of Character, Leadership, and Service,” Fales said.
In addition to the NHS induction, CBA recognized those individuals who achieved first or second honors for the fall semester.
Congratulations to the following new members of the NHS: