Forty-four new members inducted
Continuing Bullis tradition, the current leadership of the National Honor Society conducted the ceremony to induct the newest members into the chapter in an October event for the students, their families, teachers and administrators.
President of the Bullis Chapter of the National Honor Society, Sam Finkel '18, served as master of ceremonies for the evening, and offered opening remarks describing the goals of the Bullis NHS chapter. "Bullis chapter's goal is to enrich the four pillars of National Honor Society: scholarship, leadership, service and character," he explained. "While doing this we must also uphold the core values of integrity, involvement, and achievement."
Sam also described the rigorous qualifications for induction into NHS, which include "maintaining a 91.5 % cumulative GPA, demonstrating outstanding character, exhibiting strong leadership qualities in the community, and performing numerous acts of service." Before receiving the honor of NHS membership, he reminded the students that they "exemplified the spirit of NHS throughout your entire upper school career at Bullis. You should be proud knowing your hard work, grit and desire to be an upstanding citizen will help and encourage those around you."
Sam also recognized the current membership and leaders for the work they have done to help others: "from connecting with younger students through advisory visits to decorating for Keen Prom and preparing underclassmen for exams...The opportunities within NHS are endless; it is up to you to take advantage of these possibilities."
Sam ended his remarks with a quote from inventor and visionary, Bucky Fuller: "Never forget that you are one of a kind...no matter how overwhelming life's challenges and problems seem to be, one person can make a difference in the world. In fact, it is always because of one person that all the changes that matter in the world come about...So be that one person."
Next, the NHS chairs for each of the chapter's four committees—scholarship, leadership, service, and character, based on each of the pillars of the organization—spoke. Sam explained, "Scholarship goes beyond grades on a report card; it is a commitment to lifelong learning. Leadership is not strictly limited to a title; it is an attitude and skill developed over time. Service is about finding a purpose in helping others and being part of many diverse communities. Character is defined in the private and public decisions you make in life—your accountability and integrity."
Jamal Masood '18, Scholarship Committee chair, explained, "Scholarship is defined by a passion for learning, regardless of a reward. The thirst of knowledge in our Bullis community is achieved only through the diligence and effort inside and outside of the classroom. Learning is a time-consuming process, yet with effort and persistence—and not fear—all Bullis students are able to become successful."
The Scholarship Committee visits freshman and sophomore advisories to introduce underclassmen to the academia of Bullis, provide exam preparation tips, and work to establish relationships with underclassmen. "We want to ensure that underclassmen are given opportunities to strengthen their scholarship," said Jamal. "Whether they focus on organizational skills or preparing for a test, these advisory sessions are designed to familiarize underclassmen with the skills, perseverance, and strategies to being a strong student."
Sophie McIntyre '18, Service Committee chair, spoke about the many service opportunities provided to students throughout the year, including peer mentors, ambassadors, student tutors, community service club, and the numerous events Bullis holds throughout the year such as the Bullis 5k, Thanksgiving Baskets project and the KEEN Prom. "I challenge you all to step up, serve and lead, and inspire others to do the same," she said. "We also do everyday service by holding the door, helping a peer out with a tricky problem, or smiling at passing students to let them know they have a friend. Bullis gives back every day and our NHS students are exceptional at embodying this."
Character Chair Hayley Sanders '18 said, "being positive and encouraging is the epitome of having good character. Simply plastering on a smile when the going gets rough can make all the world of difference. Character comes with one's outlook on life. As NHS members, we desire to not only better ourselves, but better others." The committee is exploring ways to instill good character at Bullis on a daily basis, including through the establishment of a periodical newsletter on character.
"My goal is to have the Bullis community be more positive and happy," said Hayley. "Instead of focusing on difficulties, students can try to find a silver lining and see things in a new light. NHS students are all exemplary in this aspect and can lead a change in the Bullis community into making it more positive."
In speaking about leadership, Chair Douglas Hayes '18 began with a quote from Jackie Robinson: "A life is not important except in the impact it has on other lives." Douglas explained that great leaders realize their potential through embodying a vision to build a lasting and positive legacy. "Heritageis what we're given, but legacy is what we build." He encouraged the NHS members to help improve the quality of life for the Bullis community by applying an attitude centered on NHS core values, and in doing so "contribute to the NHS legacy of positively impacting the lives of others."
Each year the National Honor Society recognizes a faculty member who excels in one of the four pillars of NHS. This year's Faculty Award was given to Ms. Dorothy Yen, Upper School biology teacher who was selected for her positive attitude and dedication to the success of each student. "She truly loves what she does," said Sam, "which is shown through her passion and commitment to her students."
Ms. Yen spoke to the students on the importance of scholarship and the difference between being a good student and being a scholar and a lifelong learner.
National Honor Society Faculty Council assists each year in the selection of inductees. The Faculty Council elects students into NHS after carefully evaluating anonymous copies of each student's file, and the NHS leaders thanked Mr. Esty Foster, Mr. Richard Green, Mr. Stephane Moreau, Ms. Cheryl Terwilliger and Dr. Sara Romeyn for their time and attention to this important process. NHS President Sam Finkel also thanked their chapter advisors, Ms. Faith Darling and Mr. Matt Zimmer, for their ongoing guidance and support.
Congratulations to the Fall 2017 NHS Inductees:
From the Class of 2018
From the Class of 2019
SYDNEY ANTOINE - POMPEY
AL-BATOUL EL - TAGURI