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National Honor Society and National Junior Honor Society - Touching Lives and Hearts

National Honor Society and National Junior Honor Society – Touching Hearts and Lives
Rachel Ferrario, Adviser

I must admit, it’s a pretty great gig! Working as the faculty adviser for the National Honor Society and National Junior Honor Society chapters at Cardinal Newman is truly a joy. To become members, students first qualify academically, but then must demonstrate a clear commitment to the organizations’ additional pillars: character, service, and leadership. The application process is rigorous, but the standards that have been set by the nation’s oldest and most prestigious honor societies demand this of our students.

When I assumed my role as the faculty adviser, I met with chapter officers and asked them about the direction they would like to see the organizations take. Overwhelmingly, the students wanted to be able to serve others through very hands-on ways, heart serving heart. As a result, two wonderful and multi-generational service projects have emerged. The ninth grade students hosted a Parents’ Night Out for the community in which students from the elementary feeder schools enjoyed a Christmas-themed evening complete with a pizza party, face-painting, and holiday games, such as Frosty’s Freeze Dance and the Candy Cane Limbo. For the National Honor Society, the high school students partnered with our neighboring retirement community to host a “Senior” Prom. Teens and retirees enjoyed an evening of singing, dancing, and socializing. The theme of the event was Vintage Hollywood, and residents even entered the ballroom escorted down the red carpet!

I am so honored to serve as the adviser for such talented, motivated, and caring groups of young people. More than simply a label, the NHS and NJHS members of our school serve as role models to their peers within in our school, yet they also touch hearts and lives within the greater community.