POINT PLEASANT — Twenty-three seventh- and eighth-grade students at Memorial Middle School joined the ranks of hundreds of peers who came before them when they recited the oath to become the newest members of the National Junior Honor Society [NJHS] March 25.
“The National Junior Honor Society is a prestigious association that spans our vast nation,” advisor Jillian Morris told a cafeteria of families, teachers and administrators. “High standards are set for those who wished to be considered.
“The NJHS recognizes the high academic success of these students who sit before you, but that is not all. If acceptance was based solely on grades there would certainly be many more students in attendance tonight, but the NJHS seeks well-rounded individuals who serve as role models in their schools and in their communities.
“Not only do we have honor roll students here this evening, we have students who possess a wide range of talents and accomplishments. These students participate in a plethora of after-school and extracurricular activities. We have basketball players, wrestlers, ballerinas, babysitters, Boy Scouts, Girl Scouts, and members of the yearbook staff, just to name a few.”
According to Ms. Morris, the students selected have exemplified leadership in and outside the classroom, which she said is a key component of the NJHS.
“Members are expected to demonstrate leadership in the school as well as in the community,” she said. “As a chapter, we seek to participate in service activities that help the local community.
“In the past, we have taken part in activities such as the Barnegat Bay Blitz, where we help clean up the Barnegat Bay watershed, collected and organized clothes for those who are in need and raised funds for various charities, including donating to our school’s Students Change Hunger Food Drive. Most recently we sold hand sanitizers with proceeds going to the Jersey Shore Animal Center. We look forward to activities and service projects that we have lined up in the future.”
Before students lit their candles and recited the pledge of the NJHS, Ms. Morris offered some words of wisdom for the inductees to heed as they move forward.
“Inductees, hopefully at this point you are filled with a sense of pride and accomplishment,” she said. “You are deserving of this honor of being inducted into the National Junior Honor Society. “Make it a priority to model the five pillars of NJHS — leadership, character, service, scholarship and citizenship — and to serve as role models to your peers.
“A high standard has been set before you. It is not something to be taken lightly. I know you are more than capable and I challenge you to live up to the standard on a daily basis.”