by Sophie Yang, ’19
Ten seniors and 114 juniors were inducted into Upper Arlington’s chapter of the National Honors Society on March 3. The induction ceremony took place at 2:30 p.m. in the UAHS auditorium.
The ceremony began with a welcome from principal Andrew Theado and a speech from UAHS alum Megan Fisher encouraging inductees to step outside their comfort zones. Students then carried out a candle lighting ceremony and all inductees crossed the stage to receive a membership pin from Theado.
Four juniors inducted into the National Honors Society inductees—Isaac Adams, Cassandra D’Angelo, Ariana Kanchuger and Madeline White—announced names and led portions of the ceremony.
The induction ceremony marked the end of a several-weeks long process of selecting new National Honors Society members.
AP/IB coordinator Cynthia Ballheim, who oversees the society’s Upper Arlington chapter, said juniors were required to have at least a 3.75 grade point average by the end of first semester to qualify for the National Honors Society. Those who qualified, Ballheim said, completed an application in early February speaking to their scholarship, character, leadership and service—the National Honors Society’s four pillars.
“Students really had to write about service and how that has affected them—a list of activities wasn’t sufficient. Teacher recommendations were asked for to focus mainly on the character of the student,” Ballheim said. “We have a cum laude society based just on grades. This one, you have to [match] the four pillars.”
Ballheim said during the selection process, there was no cap on the number of inductees.
“If they’re qualified, they’re in,” Ballheim said.
After the induction ceremony, the students signed their names in a National Honors Society book. Ballheim said the book, which started with last year’s class of inductees, is the third in the history of Upper Arlington’s National Honors Society chapter. The previous one, started in spring 1952, says the society began in 1925.