Forty six juniors were inducted into the National Honor Society in a ceremony held on Wednesday evening, March 18. Officers presented the NHS values of service, scholarship, leadership, and character, and lit candles symbolizing each one. Existing members of the organization then exchanged their gold membership cords for the white stoles they will wear at graduation. New inductees received their cords, and all members recited the NHS pledge.
Mary Salvucci, a 2009 Villa Maria graduate and current student at Villanova Law School, gave an address that also highlighted the the NHS values. She urged the girls to be grateful for service opportunities, and to never assume that their efforts go unappreciated. She reflected that NHS and the work ethic it fosters prepared her well to achieve in college and beyond, and noted that leadership comes in many forms throughout a lifetime. Finally, she urged the girls to be humble, saying that humility is at the essence of character.
The ceremony closed with a few words from principal Sr. Regina Ryan, who cited Pakistani schoolgirl and activist Malala Yousafzai as the embodiment of all that the NHS requires, and urged the girls to be lifelong learners.