Honor Societies Spark Pride

On April 9, 2019, DMAE hosted the annual induction ceremony for multiple honors societies in the Dizzy Gillespie auditorium. English, History, Art, Chinese and Spanish, and Math Honors Societies celebrated academic achievement, values and service to the world in unique and meaningful ways.

The ceremonies began with the induction of new members of the Math Honor Society, which was coordinated by geometry teacher Alexa Rodsan.

“The Mu Alpha Theta society was organized in order to work and lead other groups,” Ms. Rodsan expressed. “The future of mathematics relies on man’s ability to reason.”

Candidates were called up to the stage individually to receive certificates, which was a physical display of their commitment towards the values of Mu Alpha Theta. 

Senior Kylie Mena, the co-president of Art Honor Society, took the podium next to recognize the new members of the Art Honors Society. She also explained the purpose of its formation and the seven elements of art. 

“The Art National Honor Society was created to provide a platform for students who have shown potential in art related areas,” Kylie said. “Individuals in the Art National Honor Society should recognize the seven pillars of art: color, line, form, texture, face, balance, and movement.”

Members of the National English Honor Society recited an oath along with receiving certificate when it was their turn. English teacher Mindy Rochman, and president Olivia Dul and vice president Soubia Hassan officiated. In contrast to individual presentations, inductees stood together as a group to receive their certificates and recite the oath. 

Spanish Honor Society inductees held candles symbolizing the course of life as they ascended the stage, and for the French Honor Society celebration, inductees passed around candles to resemble the strength and passion of language between students. 

“Candle lighting seemed to be a pretty common thread in many of the honor societies,” junior Sean Park noted. “It really symbolizes how dedicated the staff and students are to their respective groups.”

Wrapping up the festivities was the Social Studies Honor Society. It featured three candles placed at the center of the table: gold to represent wisdom, blue to characterize service, and green to symbolize knowledge. These students also recited an oath to mark their commitment. 

“It felt really honoring to receive my certificate and see all my hard work pay. I encourage others to apply next year!” junior Emily Chung said. 

Students left the auditorium proudly holding certificates, and flashing the gold cords draped around their necks. There was a collective feeling of pride as new inductees felt that their academic perseverance was acknowledged.