The 2019 Inductees in the Lincoln Academy Chapter of the National Honor Society. Back row: Lucas Steinberger, Ben McManus, Addie Mullin, Andrea Gutierrez, Caleb Armstrong, Caeden Bross. Middle row: Jojo Martin, Chas Van Damme, Aidan McCullen, Adlai Nelson, Ezra Smith, Erin Dworkin, Victoria Melehov. Front row: Grace Canny, Emily Kelsey, Joy Hedrick, Natalie Burns, Tatum Hancock, and Ellie Mathews.

On Thursday, January 24 the Lincoln Academy Chapter of the National Honor Society inducted 19 new members. The ceremony took place in the Lincoln Academy Alumni Dining Commons.

The National Honor Society (NHS) recognizes excellence in scholarship, leadership, character, and service at high schools nationwide. To be inducted into the Lincoln Academy chapter of NHS, students must maintain a grade point average of 88 by the end of sophomore year, and have completed a minimum of three trimesters at LA. Students who meet that criteria are invited to apply for admission to NHS. The application process includes student essays, teacher recommendations, and a faculty review.

After inducting new members, the LA chapter of NHS uses the criteria of scholarship, leadership, character, and service to choose activities and service projects for the year. In the past these have included food, toy, and winter coat drives, and events to raise money for the LA Sunshine Fund, which helps Lincoln Academy families in need.

This year’s inductees selected history teacher Brian O’Mahoney as their speaker. Mr. O’Mahoney gave a sobering but hopeful talk about the many crises of war, migration, natural disasters, and political chaos that face the world, concluding that the path forward must rely on investment in institutions including schools, libraries, and the courts to pave the way to a better future.

The ceremony was led by NHS senior officers Kate Peters, Katherine Tolley, Aspen Dyer, and Madeline York. As part of NHS induction tradition, each new inductee was called forward to light a candle and receive their NHS pin and a rose from a faculty member or other mentor of their choice. After each student was “pinned,” LA Interim Head of School Nancy Starmer made a few brief remarks before the gathered students, faculty, family, and friends broke for refreshments and a group photo.