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Tewksbury Student Inducted Into Notre Dame Academy National Honor Society

Nov 17, 2014 08:43AM ● By Bill Gilman

Three young women were recently recognized for their academic success and commitment to community when they were inducted into the National Honor Society (NHS) in a morning ceremony at the Academy of Notre Dame. 

The National Honor Society (NHS) is the nation's premier organization established to recognize outstanding high school students. More than just an honor roll, NHS serves to honor those students who have demonstrated excellence in the areas of scholarship, leadership, service, and character. One of the requirements for the National Honor Society is for the students to perform 7 1/2 hours of community service each month. Academy students fulfill this through tutoring high school and middle school students and volunteering at area soup kitchens, inner city schools, churches, hospitals, nursing homes, and the MSPCA.

This year’s inductees are: Clare Bao and Hannah Paquette of Tyngsboro, and Erica Dirk of Tewksbury.

As various student speakers came to the podium, the theme centered on both leadership and service to others. NHS Co-Presidents Aubrey Specht and Lydia Sweed spoke of the importance of leadership in school, in the community and on a global level. They explained their global focus this year in support of a Sisters of Notre Dame mission called “Chickens for Congo”, which introduces better nutrition and provides business opportunities to the Congo community by raising chickens. The duo ended their speech with the African proverb, “If you want to go fast, go alone. If you want to go far, go together.” 

Class Officers, Emily Francis and Emily Masse continued to speak on the morning’s leadership theme by pointing out the leadership opportunities that exist within the Academy, not only in student council positions, but also heading clubs and committees, or fundraising and charity projects.

Just prior to the formal induction ceremony, Academy President, Ms. Maureen Appel sharpened the focus of the morning to pinpoint women in leadership. Ms. Appel spoke to the captive audience of Student Council, Student Class Officers, National Honor Society Members, fellow students, families, faculty and staff about her own experience being educated in an all-girl’s Catholic school environment. She went on to share how  learning to be a leader in this environment positively influenced her professional path during instances where she was the only woman among men in a leadership role.  

As each inductee’s name was read, they were presented with the National Honor Society pin. The new inductees then moved to the altar to take the NHS Oath of Membership before proceeding to a reception in the Academy parlors.

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