National Honor Society inducts New Members
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published: May 02, 2016
Yokosuka Navy Base, Japan — On April 19, 2016, the National Honor Society of Nile C. Kinnick High School on board Commander Fleet Activities Yokosuka held an induction ceremony at the Officer’s Club in Yokosuka Japan to welcome 18 new members to the organization.
The ceremony was attended by NHS members, new inductees and family members and involved faculty from KHS. The ceremony began with a catered buffet dinner served by the Officer’s Club staff. Afterwards a slide show recognizing KHS seniors and their service projects set a respectful tone and was followed the ceremonial lighting of the candles which represented the four areas of NHS, Scholarship, Service, Leadership, and Character. New members then filled the room with a choral speaking of the NHS Pledge: “I pledge myself to uphold the high purposes of the National Honor Society to which I have been selected; I will be true to the principles for which it stands; I will be loyal to the school; And I will maintain and encourage high standards of scholarship, service, leadership, and character.”
The National Association of Secondary School Principals officially established NHS in 1921. Though many local and regional honor societies existed prior to 1921, no nationwide organization had been founded. Under the leadership of Dr. Edward Rynearson, principal of the Fifth Avenue High School in Pittsburgh, the organization grew from the original Alpha Chapter at the Fifth Avenue School to more than 1,000 chapters by 1930. Equipped with a constitution, an emblem and motto, and a group of dedicated principals as coordinators, the new NHS organization quickly developed into one of the country's leading educational groups. Four main purposes have guided chapters of NHS from the beginning: “To create enthusiasm for scholarship, to stimulate a desire to render service, to promote leadership, and to develop character in the students of secondary schools.
The first organized schools for the children of U.S. military personnel serving in the Pacific were established in 1946 during post-World War II reconstruction. Throughout the decades, DoD schools evolved to become a comprehensive and high-performing K-12 school system solely dedicated to educating the children of America's heroes. Today, DoDEA Pacific's 48 schools serve nearly 23,000 military-connected children of U.S. Service members and civilian support personnel stationed throughout the Pacific theater. The DoDEA Pacific teaching, administrative and school support team includes more than 3,000 full-time professionals. The schools are geographically organized into four districts: Guam, Japan, Okinawa and South Korea. Nile C. Kinnick High School is one of the schools in the Yokosuka Complex of Schools in CFAY which include, Yokosuka Middle School, The Sullivans School and Ikego Elementary School.