The Locust Valley Middle School’s National Junior Honor Society (NJHS) welcomed 84 new members during an induction ceremony held in front of a proud audience of classmates, family, Board of Education members and school faculty.

Induction of new members into the society is one of the most memorable traditions associated with joining NJHS. The event included the traditional candle-lighting ceremony, and the recitation of the oath, or the Pledge of the national Junior Honor Society. Students pledge their loyalty to the society, promise to be a model student and to live the ideals of the honor society.

Mr. Hogan told those in attendance that he finds the NJHS induction ceremony to be one of the most special evenings of the year. He said he was not surprised by the group being honored since they are the students who put in the extra effort, going to extra help not because they are struggling, but because they want to do the best that they possibly can.

Membership in NJHS is intended to create enthusiasm for scholarship, stimulate a desire to render service, promote leadership and develop character in middle and high school students. The NJHS honors students who have demonstrated excellence in the aforementioned areas, and these characteristics have been associated with membership in the organization since their beginnings in the 1920s.

The ceremony concluded with inspiring remarks from Superintendent of Schools Dr. Anna F. Hunderfund who told the inductees that she knew they would continue to achieve great things at Locust Valley High School.

Congratulations to Locust Valley’s newest members of this elite club!