National Honor Society Swears in New Members
By Faith Ajayi
The ranks of McKinley's chapter of the National Honor Society are swelling. Twenty-nine seniors and juniors were inducted on May 29, 2008. Acceptance into the National Honor Society is based on a student's excellent performance in the areas of scholarship, service, leadership, and character. Scholarship means that a student has a 3.2 or higher grade point average. Service is defined by the amount of hours a student has devoted to serve the community without incentives. Leadership is based on the student's problem-solving strategies, ability to work well with others, dependability and resourcefulness. Character means that the student is respectful, cooperative, honest, and reliable.
"I applied because I knew that it will look good on a college application," said Azania N'Diaye, one of the spring inductees.
Many of the inductees have similar motives for becoming a member. "Being a member allows you to be recognized as a good student. People recognize that you worked really diligently throughout high school," said Obinna Ukwuani, member of McKinley's chapter since last year.
Some inductees have other motives for joining. "I realized it was an exclusive group of people who hold to certain ideals such as integrity, academic superiority and good morals, so I thought to give it a shot," said Nolan Harris.
This year's McKinley chapter of the National Honor Society was not active. "We didn't really do anything; it was just a title," said Ukwuani.
However, next academic year, there are lots of activities planned for the new members. There will be monthly meetings and the students will be undertaking many community service projects.
"We will support the Help the Homeless project. We're going to get involved with senior citizens. We're also going to get involved with the Bloodmobile in memory of Yternity Hughley, the student who passed away last school year," said Ms. Sheila Gill, 11th grade counselor.
The National Honor Society has many benefits that students may not realize now. "My father said I probably won't see the benefits until later down the road, maybe when I'm looking for a job," said Harris.
The inductees have advice for students who would like to be future members of the National Honor Society. "Study hard, balance academics and social life, be focused and manage your time wisely," said Keisha Blackmoore, another member of the chapter since last year.
Harris has similar advice. "Be consistent.Maintain good grades. Make sure you have good character and you are a leader. Have the total package-don't just offer one thing," he said.
The spring inductees from the class of 2008 are: Sulaymane Sillah, Nolan Harris, Jr., Lashauna Muschette, Tameka Lyons, Michael McCreary, and Martinette Jennifer. The spring inductees from the class of 2009 are: Faith Ajayi, Cesyana Blissett, Nicole Claybrooks, Michael Drayton, Ryan Gale, Tonika Howard, Kristopher Kornegay-Gober, Hanae Lyons, Azania N'Diaye, Briana Rivers, Henry Spencer, Felicia Baskerville, Antonisha Brown, Jamanda Crossland, Taya Gaskins-Scott, Jasmine Gray, Taiysha Hobbs, Jelani Johnson, Vernon Leftwich, Dionte McFadden, Metamenga Neway, Mariah Slade, and Taylor Tate.
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