Students join National Honors Society


Ceremony Speaker: At the ceremony 2022 Distinguished Teacher of the Year, David Zapler, gave a speech. After his speech students walked across the stage to get their diploma.

The National Honor Society (NHS) recognized distinguished juniors and seniors during its annual induction ceremony on March 29, Hillel Crandus, NHS Sponsor and English Teacher, said.

A total of 270 students were inducted – the most ever seen, Crandus said. To be a part of NHS students must have a minimum grade point average of 3.5, participate in voluntary service, and be involved in at least two of the four activity areas: athletics/athletic related, student government/service clubs, performing arts/music/speech, and special interest clubs/journalism, South’s website indicates. Junior Sarah Kwon felt grateful to be recognized for the work she has put in as a student and community member at South.

“It means a lot to me that we are able to highlight some of the things we have worked on during our high school careers,” Kwon said.

At the end of the ceremony, the Chamber choir sang a song and principal Dr. Barbara Georges delivered a speech, additionally, students were given refreshments by the staff in the student activities centers, Crandus said.

Reflecting on the ceremony, Crandus felt proud of all of the service that NHS members completed to be a part of the society.
“From helping out around our community to helping out in Chicago, [we have] had [application service] narratives that took [us] to Turkey, and Iran,” Crandus said. “The variety of services is amazing, staggering, and special.”