The Oakridge School parents, faculty, staff, and friends gathered in the Fine Arts Performance Hall on Wednesday, Feb. 27 to celebrate 64 Upper School students inducted into the National Honor Society (NHS). The NHS is the nation’s premier organization established to recognize outstanding high school students on the basis of scholarship, leadership, service and character.
The newly NHS members include, seniors: Ben Everett and Mary Vi.
Junior students include: Helen Chen, Luisa De Vuono, Vanessa Gonzalez, Madeline Hubbard, Yun Liu, Emilio Martinez, Cristian Otero, Brian Sackey, Cayden Smith, Jacqueline Todd, and Nicole Williams.
Sophomore students include: Dawson Allen, Jay Andersen, TJ Arnondin, Luke Backman, Celeste Balderas, Jaden Banks, Kieran Barker, Keeland Bedford, Rachael Bigham, Anna Builta, Nicholas Choudhry, Trinity Coakley, Lilly Deane, Britney Do, Madison Dreadin, Will Emmert, Aarrod Firouzbakht, Rachel Fisher, Sarah Gaspar, Alex Greve, Shivani Haribhai, Ben Holloway, Joshua Hsu, Audrey Ingram, Daria Jin, Madison Jones, Eliya Khajeie, Ananya Kumar, Kate Le, Kenny Le, May Li, Kelan Lohler, Kenai Lupton, Raneem Mahrouq, Matthew Martin, Ethan McLean, Emily Meadows, Nicholas Miller, Joshua Morton, Belinda Ngo, PJ Novak, Rytis Petraitis, Gracie Potter, Seth Rogers, Kennedy Russell, Michelle Salako, Rylee Sims, Sydney Welborn-Houston, Olivia White, Mackenzie Yentes, and Rohma Zaidi.
Freshman are not eligible for membership in the NHS. Head of Upper School Jim Andersen and Director of College Advising Kellen Lewis presented certificates to Oakridge’s new NHS members.
The audience heard from NHS officers Zoe Fowler, Sheridan Davis, Eric Johnson, and John Schoening, who each presented one of the four qualities for National Honor Society membership. The 2019 NHS inductees also received encouragement from Travis Alley ’10, a regulatory compliance counsel at Dallas-based Strait Capital. Of relationships, Alley told the students to maintain and foster the relationships they have at Oakridge. “Those relationships are capable of lasting a lifetime and may greatly benefit you as you commence your career.” Alley, who last year married Oakridge alumna Corinne Queenan ’10, added that students should take time to define what success means to them.
“It is different for everyone,” Alley said. “Whenever you encounter failures, make sure to reflect on your past successes and recognize how far you’ve come. This will help alleviate your feelings of failure and propel you to future success.”