West Hartford - Canton resident Michael Valentine ’15 was among the 61 students inducted
into the Aquinas Chapter of the National Honor Society at Northwest Catholic
High School on Dec. 16, during a beautiful ceremony in the Rice
Auditorium. Northwest Catholic math teacher James Shugrue, who has taught
in the Archdiocese of Harford for 45 years, was the guest speaker. He told the
students to be prepared for the challenges they will face in life and be
willing to adapt and adjust to meet those challenges.
The inductees -- who were recognized for outstanding scholarship, admirable character and leadership, and generous service to Northwest Catholic and their communities -- came from over a dozen towns and included three seniors and 58 juniors. The complete list appears on the school web site: www.northwestcatholic.org.
To be invited into membership in NHS, students must maintain a 3.5 grade-point average and must demonstrate exemplary character, leadership, and service to their school, their parish, or their town. A selection committee of five teachers reviews the applications and qualifications of all eligible students.
“These students represent the highest in academic achievement and leadership,” said Terri Turley, a member of the school’s Math Department and the National Honor Society moderator. "They serve as role models for the entire student body and their communities.”
“The National Honor Society is about so much more than just grades,” agreed Principal Margaret Williamson. “It is a way to help educate the whole student and reinforce the importance of making a difference in the world.”
Since 1961, Northwest Catholic’s mission has been to educate the whole person: mind, body, spirit, and soul. Enrollment for the Class of ’18 is now under way, and prospective students are invited to the take the Entrance Exam at Northwest Catholic on January 25, 2013. For more information, contact Andrew Selig (860-236-4221, x140 or firstname.lastname@example.org).