The National Honor Society Induction Ceremony is considered the unofficial start of “Graduation Season” at BFA Fairfax. On May 1st, friends and families gathered in the Elementary school gym to witness the ceremony that welcomes new members and honors graduating seniors. Twenty eight new members were inducted at the beginning of the evening.
The new members were escorted in by current members to begin the evening. BFA National Honor Society advisor Sara Villeneuve welcomed everyone and informed the new members, “I know I say this every year, but I believe that what should make you and your loved ones the most proud is not the actual certificate, pin, and free dessert to come, instead what matters the most (and what we recognize tonight) is all that you have accomplished to be selected and honored here tonight.”
NHS President Jake H. continued the ceremony by inviting the other officers (Vice President Dylan L., Secretary Rebekah L., Historian Hannah C., and Treasurer Julia S.) to speak about the pillars of the National Honor Society; Scholarship, Character, Leadership and Service and to light a ceremonial candle. Following the candle lighting, the new members recited the NHS Pledge and were individually recognized to receive their NHS certificate and pin.
Principal Tague spoke about Character and Scholarship reminding the students that being “selected to join NHS indicates that your time at BFA has been in alignment with our motto: ‘To Virtue, Knowledge.’” Superintendent Kirsch spoke about Service and Leadership. He urged the students “to be the leaders that our world needs. We’re counting on you.”
In the last formal portion of the ceremony, the twenty one seniors were presented with their graduation stoles to be worn with their caps and gowns at graduation. It is a time to recognize the tremendous growth and potential of our students and to honor the service and leadership they have provided throughout their time at BFA.
Finally, it was time for pictures and hugs (and of course the free dessert Mrs. Villeneuve promised). NHS Induction is a special night for students, teachers, and families. It is the first event in a series that culminates with Graduation on June 17 at 10:00am. We are proud of the accomplishments of our students and hope you will celebrate them along with us.