Fifteen artists inducted into Summit’s first chapter of National Art Honor Society

The inaugural class of the National Art Honor Society (NAHS) chapter at The Summit Country Day School was formally inducted at a ceremony on Sunday, May 1, during Campus Day. 

The chapter, formed in the fall, is designed to be a place where visual art students can be celebrated within the Summit community and on a national level, according to chapter advisor and Upper School art teacher, Carrie Barnett.

“Membership in this national organization gives our artists a chance to participate in national exhibitions,” Mrs. Barnett says. “They can also apply for scholarships and be published in the national journal, the ‘NAHS News.’” 

To join, students submitted applications demonstrating their commitment to and achievement in the visual arts program at The Summit. They were also required to show strong academic standing overall. 

Inductee Addie Johnson '24 says she has liked art since a young age. “It’s a way to express myself and communicate emotions,” she explains.  

She says Summit’s art program has helped expand her views and introduced her to new mediums, such as charcoal, pastel and watercolor.

“I’m glad Summit opened a chapter of NAHS so I have an opportunity to be an ambassador for art in our community,” she says. 

Congratulations to these students: Seniors Jade Hays, Marley Walter, Tony Zhang; Juniors Braeden Austin, Megan Ebken, Joseph Federle, Lavina Grzymajlo, James Hinton, Ana Leyendecker, Owen McEachern, Mia Rahner, Maya Wood, Austen Young; and Sophomores Vanessa Carrington and Addie Johnson. 

The NAHS programs are designed by the National Art Education Association to support and recognize students who have shown outstanding abilities in art. The NAHS program supports student members in their goal of attaining the highest standards in visual arts.