O'Neal Recognizes Academic Excellence
In recent ceremonies, 15 seventh- and eighth-grade students were inducted into the Junior Beta Club, and 23 juniors and seniors were inducted in the National Honor Society.
During the Junior Beta induction ceremony, candles were lit representing the four virtues of the Junior Beta Club which are service, leadership, scholarship and honor. Inductees recited the Junior Beta pledge.
Inductees are: Fiona Duffy, Jenna Elliott, Braxton Furstein, Maddie Gutschmit, Ellie Henry, Kennon Later, Drex Lindsey, Alex Marin, Mary McMurray, Elizabeth Moore, Sophia Renner, Matthew Roberson, Emma Souza, Vicky Strunk and Joseph Tozzi.
To be eligible for membership, a student must have an average academic grade of A- with no grade below B+ for English, math, science, history and foreign language, and receive an approving vote of 75 percent of faculty members who consider themselves qualified to vote. This vote is based on the student's worthy character, credible achievement and commendable attitude.
The National Honors Society Induction Ceremony had dean of academics Dave Wood address the inductees stressing the need to persevere to the end of a task to see a successful result.
Current members presented each of the four characteristics of membership - scholarship, leadership, service and character - by the lighting of candles. Students must demonstrate excellence in these areas, in addition to maintaining a certain grade point average to be considered for the National Honor Society.
The standard GPA for induction to the National Honor Society is 3.0; however, The O'Neal School requires a 3.60 GPA for consideration.
NHS inductees include Ian Baldwin, Lucas Elliott, Mikaela Kantorowski, Aubrey Thompson, class of 2013; Zena Ataya, Sara Carlson, Danielle Cormier, Sabrina Denardo, Mary Winston Dozier, Parker Fisher, Kyle Flechsig, Joseph Garner, Mimi Ke, Crawford Liner, Aleksandra Majka, John Roger Moore V, Alexandria Quevedo, Tatum Riley, Jacqueline Souza, Emily Summers, Joseph Taylor, Alessandra Tozzi and Eugene Zhang, class of 2014.
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