TICONDEROGA - The Black Watch Chapter of the National Honor Society, led by President Ben Chapman and Vice President Hayley Best, inducted 13 new members recently.
The yearly candlelight ceremony included guest speakers Curriculum Coordinator William Barnhart, Principal Michael Graney and NHS officers Brittany Holt, Tim Robbins, Kaley Manning and Katie Karkoski.
Barnhart offered his congratulations and some advice to the inductees. He asked them to view the honor they were being given not as only a compliment but as a responsibility.
"If you let it, this can be a life-changing experience," he said. "Allow this distinction to guide your lives. Allow it to serve as a foundational benchmark. Allow it to demand excellence."
Barnhart also challenged both the new and the old members of the honor society.
"You are all intelligent enough to know the difference between right and wrong," he said. "But what you will learn in the upcoming years is that the right thing to do is very often the harder thing to do. Are you brave enough to still choose it?"
Barnhart encouraged all NHS members, on the stage and in the auditorium to first ask questions, work hard and serve others. But, then he also reminded them that life is to enjoy.
"Smile as often as possible, laugh as much as you can," he said. "Enjoy life. Make it a goal to take joy from life. Focus on the positive rather than the negative."
Following his remarks, NHS officers reviewed the four qualities - character, service, scholarship and leadership - on which new members are selected.
Chapman then invited Graney to join him to watch the new members light their own induction candles and congratulate them on their accomplishment.
Inducted this year at Ticonderoga High School were Christopher Burns, Amanda Charlton, Joseph M. Gonyeau, Paige C. Hughes, Benjamin Karkoski, Corey King, Wiliam Lawrie, Nathan Lenhart, Jake A. O'Hara, Brandon Russell, Megan Schryer, Harley Trudeau and Zhuo Hao Allen Zhang.
Ticonderoga High School selects new members in the fall and spring based on the four qualities of National Honor Society, using the minimum cumulative grade point average of 88 for scholastic eligibility.
Information about the chapter's service projects as well as selection process, is available at the Ticonderoga Central School website at www.ticonderogak12.org.