Honors in Tupelo High School


Shari Chumley

Northeast Mississippi Daily Journal Executive Editor speaks to budding journalists at the Quill and Scroll Journalism Honor Society

“Being president takes a lot of work and initiative.” National honor society president Jahtonia Wilson said. Honor society club officers like Wilson have been using initiative to host their clubs’ induction ceremonies, welcoming new members into honor.

The National Honor Society is a club that honors students with academic excellence. Club sponsor Tara Hall says the induction ceremony “Allows the officers to develop their leadership skills.”

The officers spearheaded the induction ceremony for both juniors and seniors to make up for the ceremony they missed last year due to COVID restrictions.

Lisa Sandroni, another club sponsor, said the ceremony is a “celebration for the parents, guardians, and students.”

NHS president Jahtonia Wilson helped lead the ceremony, handing certificates to the inductees, similar to graduation ceremonies.

“It’s an honor to be chosen by my peers as the president of the National Honor Society,” Wilson said.

Quill and Scroll is another honor society for journalism. Katrina Berry-Ivy, one of the sponsors for the club, says that their induction ceremony was directed completely by students.

“They each held a candle, and each candle represented a trait that we’re hoping that they will reflect as a student journalist,” Berry-Ivy said.

Vice president Alexis Leasy embraces the idea of student-led induction ceremonies.

“I think it builds a better connection if it’s your own classmates and fellow members inducting

you instead of just random people that you don’t know because you feel more inspired,” Leasy said.

The National Technical Honor Society is an honor society for students in career technical education classes. Club sponsor Sherry Mcgaughy says that the organization is no joke, and the induction ceremony is important to show your place in the organization.

“The induction teaches our officers, ‘I am now ready to lead this organization,’ it makes them feel important that they do have a job to do,” Mcgaughy said.

Like the other honor societies, the induction ceremony for NTHS was led by officers, giving them leadership roles. “Being an officer means helping people accomplish what it takes to be in the National Technical Honor Society, which involves a lot of great personalities.” Vice president Miriam Buchanan said.

The officers have big responsibilities beyond just the induction ceremony, which was only the start of their leadership roles.

President Shelbie Spain and the rest of the board already have a lot of community service activities planned for their members

The induction ceremonies for the honor societies have proven to be important for the officers’ leadership roles in their respective clubs, and help all members of the club feel welcome. “Being both the president of Quill and Scroll and editor in chief of the newspaper, it solidifies my stance as a journalist,” Quill and Scroll president Rico Morris said.