On Tuesday, September 18, the National Junior Honor Society held its first meeting of the year. The group discussed a variety of topics from the upcoming service projects to the new member induction. For ninth graders, this would be the start of the new year as they are about to receive new members. For last year’s officers, this was the last meeting they would lead before they move on to the high school chapter of the honor society.
National Junior Honor Society is a prestigious program for eighth and ninth graders focusing on community service and leadership inside and outside of school. Each fall, eighth grade students are chosen based on GPA from the previous year and teacher recommendations. St. Patrick’s chapter focuses on two main projects each year: the Raising Awareness Against Breast Cancer Walk held in October and dying easter eggs at the VA in April.
Member Gavriella Persing spoke on the importance of community service, saying, “Community service is valuable because it allows us to help out with what we feel is important. We get to make a difference in our community, and, to me, that is amazing.”
Story by Anna Tran