The Summit Country Day School Harold C. Schott Middle School inducted 23 members of the class of 2024 into the Round Table Chapter of the National Junior Honor Society (NJHS) on Dec. 18.
To earn membership, each inductee had a cumulative grade point average (GPA) of at least 3.835 during the seventh grade and first quarter of the eighth grade. As a whole, the class registered more than 900 hours of community service to 43 different people or organizations. Every student performed at least 18 hours of service and met standards of high scholarship, leadership, citizenship, service and character.
Reflecting on those standards, Head of School Rich Wilson said one of the biggest contributors to student success is emotional control under pressure. He referenced a recent study published in the journal Psychological Bulletin which noted the importance of both cognitive and emotional intelligence among students who earned higher grades. “Great leaders in history – Washington, Lincoln and even Jesus – demonstrated self-control in very tense and difficult situations,” he said. “The students we celebrate today have demonstrated that kind of emotional intelligence. They are good role models for all of us.”
Representing neighborhoods across Greater Cincinnati and Northern Kentucky, inductees were Joaquin Beatty, Nick Bergeron, Vivi Bohmer, Reagan Bricking, Jackson Campbell, Mia Cavallo, Cecilia Chavez, Grant Desch, Lillian Dwyer, Jude Gerhardt, Tarek Hasan, Drew Hinton, Max Jambor, Addie Johnson, Kathryn Kelly, Ethan Lam, TJ LaMacchia, Matthew Langenderfer, Kyle Lauckner, Lily Mitchell, David Schnitter, Alek Stanisic and Madeline Sumnar.
Middle school math teacher Carolyn Varick, the advisor for the Round Table Chapter of NJHS, moderated the event. Faculty talked to the students about the traits that represented the honor society. Math teacher Laura Priede spoke on scholarship, social studies teacher Mark Schmidt on leadership, science and physical education teacher Michael DiPaola on citizenship and religion and health teacher Marcia Sullivan on service.
Echoing Mr. Wilson’s remarks on emotional intelligence, language arts teacher Rosie Sansalone spoke on character: “The problem of character is the problem of self-control. We must be in reality what we wish to appear to others – to be rather than to seem. By demonstrating such qualities as respect, responsibility, trustworthiness, fairness, caring and citizenship, we may hope to prove by example that we value character.”
Lower and Middle School Director Mike Johnson concluded the ceremony with a challenge to students to act on the ideals of NJHS. “This celebration honors each of our inductees, but it also calls us all – adults and students – to recognize that we are accountable to one another and to God for using our gifts and talents to bring about the common good and to create a caring school community in which each person can fulfill his or her potential.
See photos from the induction ceremony here.
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