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SSHS inducts 45 National Honor Society members

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SAIPAN Southern High School now has 45 National Honor Society members.

The 22 new and 23 current members were inducted during the 18th annual candlelight ceremony of the National Honor Society in the Hibiscus Hall of Fiesta Resort & Spa on Monday.

These students met the honor society’s requirements based on four pillars: scholarship, service, leadership, and character, SSHS-NHS president Iris Lee said.

The mission of the organization is to encourage great enthusiasm for scholarship, to stimulate a desire to render service, to promote leadership, and to develop character in students, SSHS-NHS historian Glen John Matalog said.

“Throughout the years, the SSHS-NHS chapter has organized and volunteered in countless community services and activities showcasing the four pillars,” he added.

The SSHS-NHS members have committed themselves to serving the community. The services the members render include spreading joy to hospitalized patients through Christmas caroling; inspiring junior students by engaging in stimulating intellectual activity through the Academic Challenge Bowl; holding beach and campus cleanups; and actively participating in annual community events such as the Marianas March Against Cancer and the American Red Cross walkathon.

SSHS-NHS also makes monthly donations to St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital, which treats childhood cancers and pediatric diseases.

Forty-five students are inducted as members of the Saipan Southern High School-National Honor Society in the Hibiscus Hall of Fiesta Resort & Spa on Monday evening.  Photo by Lori Lyn C. Lirio

At the induction and candlelight ceremony on Monday, guest speaker Glen Hunter said SSHS-NHS members are “active citizens who have already done so much and will do so much [more] with the many acts of service [they will perform].”

A local businessman, Hunter said the students epitomize Martin Luther King Jr.’s quote: “Intelligence plus character is the goal of true education.”

He said whenever he is asked to give a speech, he will try to include “a call to action” for people to be active citizens. “I usually go into detail about how that is so important in shaping the community and in shaping the world and how powerful each and every one can be.”

He added, “To issue that call to action to this group would be like preaching to the choir, for they are already active citizens. You are amazing examples of what an active citizen should be. Therefore, I simply call on you to continue to be active in this community. Continue throughout the rest of your high school. Continue when you leave high school, when you go to college and when you enter the workforce, and when you start families.”

Hunter also commended the group for emphasizing the importance of character building.

During a conversation with SSHS-NHS president Iris Lee, Hunter said he learned that the group always ended their meeting with the statement “character matters.”

“As you move forward in life, you will undoubtedly be hit by challenges. Your ability to maintain good character may be challenged. In those moments, I ask that you take a breath, take a pause, and think back to that statement whenever you end each of your meetings — ‘character matters.’ Let that guide you in those moments. We live today in a world which is closer to the famous ‘Dream’ that Martin Luther King Jr. talked about. Today, you are judged by the content of your character,” Hunter said.

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