The Only Ceremony That Doesn’t Happen in the PAC or Great Room

On Monday, March 9th, at 7:00 in the Art Room, 27 students were newly inducted into the Providence Academy National Honors Society. Returning members, family, friends, and faculty celebrated the induction of this higher than average group of inductees in the quaint setting of the upper school art room.

“The most memorable part of the ceremony was hearing my name called, [joining] my cohort, and being greeted by the current leaders with cookies and a smile. I also just liked hanging out with everyone after the ceremony,” reflected Sydney Stewart ’19.

To join the PA chapter of NHS, students must maintain a 3.5 GPA for two consecutive semesters, demonstrate a devotion to service and leadership, and write an application essay detailing the reasons they wish to join.

New inductees line up before the ceremony

As members of NHS, students must complete 20 hours of individual service, ten hours of service with their cohort (a sub-group of about six members), and participate in at least three NHS-hosted chapter events. Chapter events include organizing the blood drive, drawing cards for priests with lower schoolers, and hosting the teacher appreciation breakfast.

Since 1921, hundreds of high school students around the country have participated in the National Honors Society. The goal of the organization, according to its official website, is, “to create enthusiasm for scholarship; to stimulate a desire to render service; to promote leadership; and to develop character in the students of secondary schools.”

NHS is an invitation based application, making it indubitably one of the most prestigious academic organizations for high school students. “I would encourage everyone [who’s] invited to apply,” said Stewart, “even if you don’t get in the first year, you can always try again the next year.”


NHS secretary Catherine Cline ’18, lights the ceremonial candles of scholarship, leadership, service, and character.

Another new member, Elizabeth Schoenwetter ’20 stated, “I’m most looking forward to doing community service with my cohort because we’ll be making a difference and having fun together at the same time.”

To learn more about NHS, click here