Brewster Academy recently inducted 16 students into the John Brewster Chapter of the National Honor Society (NHS). Photos.
The ceremony’s guest speaker was Fred Garnsey, associate director of admission. He recognized the teachers for pushing students to achieve their potential and the parents –giving a nod to those parents who could not make the long trip to campus – who light the path ahead for their students and who provide advice and sometimes subtle direction when guidance is necessary.
Then he addressed the inductees seated before an audience at the Pinckney Boathouse. “It is important that you know that in this world, where everyone gets a trophy and we seem to recognize everyone for something, that this honor you are about to receive is different. This is special recognition that is claimed only by a few. Those who have seen where they are going, have planned a path to get there, have utilized those around them who matter as partners in your journey, and have worked very hard for this honor.”
Following Garnsey’s remarks, the current officers lit four candles, each one representing one of the four pillars of the honor society: scholarship, character, service, and leadership. In turn, they explained the meaning of each pillar. The officers then announced the inductees one by one to award them their gold cords, pins, and member certificates.
Senior inductees are Zaha Al-Zaabi (Muscat, Oman), Dexter Hanson (Wolfeboro), and Michelle Su (Senzhen, China).
Junior inductees are Zachary Bennett (Alton), Katie Blackburn (Seattle), Katie Chiasson (Pelham, New York), John Campbell (Wolfeboro), Calina Rose Folkersen (East Wakefield), Anya Found (Wolfeboro), Alice Hou (Beijing), Catherine Murphy (Northborough, Mass.), Meaghan O’Hearn (Swansea, Mass.), Olivia Papp (Wolfeboro), Ella Roberge (Alton), Dui Dui Yue (Shandong, China), and Monica Zhang (Jiaxing, China).
These students join seniors President Kaya Beland (Gilford), Vice President Maura MacDonald (Beverly, Massachusetts), Secretary MacKenzie Donovan (Londonderry, New Hampshire), Treasurer Dawson Allwine (Wolfeboro), Maya Gomi (San Francisco), and Katie Slock (Alton).
Faculty council members are Bret Barnett, Matt Butcher, Laura Duffy, Jennifer Dumont, Maria Found (faculty advisor) and Rob O’Blenis.
Election to the John Brewster Chapter of the National Honor Society reflects a distinguished academic record and exceptional contributions of service and leadership. Students who meet eligibility criteria are considered for election by a faculty council in the fall of each academic year and are inducted into the NHS in the winter trimester. Only junior and seniors are eligible for consideration.
Brewster Academy is an international leader in independent secondary education and is widely recognized for its success in using advanced learning and information technologies to accelerate student growth in a vigorous college preparatory environment. Brewster provides its 360 students (Grades 9-12 and post-graduate) with a personalized curriculum based on individual mastery and best-teaching practices in a sophisticated technology-rich learning environment.
Brewster Academy is accredited as a secondary school by the New England Association of Schools & Colleges, Inc.
The Academy is located on the shores of Lake Winnipesaukee in the resort community of Wolfeboro, N.H. Learn more about the Brewster difference by visiting us at www.brewsteracademy.org or giving us a call at 603.569.7494.