BERKELEY HEIGHTS, NJ - On October 26th, the Governor Livingston High School chapter of the National Honor Society (NHS) held its annual induction ceremony and welcomed 69 new members. The new inductees gathered in the Kenneth Stiefel Theatre in Governor Livingston to light a candle, say an oath, and to become official members of NHS. 

Inducted students are members of the junior or senior class at Governor Livingston. This is the second year at Governor Livingston that juniors were given the opportunity to apply to NHS in the fall.

Inductees are recognized for their exemplification of the four pillars of NHS: scholar, service, character, and leadership. The students were chosen for their academic and extracurricular achievements. Each member has at least a 3.75 GPA, and takes part in a variety of activities, including athletics, clubs, and community service.

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During the ceremony, NHS advisor Daniel McGovern and GL Principal Robert Nixon delivered speeches congratulating the new members on their accomplishment. NHS executive board members President Bailey Gold, Vice President of Tutoring Gayatri Gupta-Casale, Vice President of Service Christina Hanson, and Secretary Erin Butterfield also delivered speeches to describe each pillar of NHS in depth and to explain what the new members had accomplished.

The students were then introduced to the audience. A short introduction was read about each student describing their achievements, goals, and more. The new members were each given a candle, which they then lit before taking an oath to officially be inducted into the National Honor Society. New member junior Danielle Yablonovskiy said she hopes to “spread my love for helping others through the tutoring and service aspects of the organization” in the upcoming year.

Each one of these new members has earned his or her spot in the National Honor Society. NHS President Gold said, “GL’s NHS has gained an excellent group of hardworking members. I am excited to work with all the new members in terms of giving back to the community through our upcoming fall service project. I look forward to collaborating with all of the NHS community in order to be peer leaders and give back to others.” In the upcoming year, these new members will work together to give back to the community by using their skills for tutoring and service. 

Editor's Note: The Highlander section features articles written for The Highlander, Gov. Livingston High School's student newspaper.