Westlake High SNHS Induction in Atlanta, GA

On Monday, September 21, 2015 Westlake’s Science National Honor Society inducted new members in a ceremony that took place in the auditorium. Parents and students who attended the event were applauded for becoming a part of this organization in just its second year. The president, Janay Jones, joked that the all of the current members, inductees included, would one day be able to joke that they “were in science club before it was cool.”

Attendees had no choice but to notice the lack of paper used in the ceremony. This was one of SNHS’s first attempts at spreading the Green Challenge through the school, and it was a success. Despite there not being in paper programs, everyone involved had no difficulties with following the order of the program.

Dr. Henry of Georgia Tech, inspired the inductees by challenging them to consider what their life’s purpose is in addition to what they plan to do with their lives. He encouraged the students to share both answers with their families and friends. He stressed the importance of bridging the gap between perception and reality when comes to career choice. Many students do not know what all a career entails, and so they are not always accurate when responding to questions about their career goals.

After students shared what fields they were interested in, Dr. Henry went into detail about his career and his purpose. He stated that his purpose was “to save the world.” By mitigating climate change with fuel alternatives such as solar power, Dr. Henry plans to do just that.

The ceremony wrapped up with annual lighting of the glow sticks. The new Science National Honor Society inductees were confused as they were handed glow sticks with their membership certificates. But what was at first a strange occurrence, became a clear ritual as Ms. C shared the symbolic significance of the glow sticks. The inductees would now go on to share the light of science with the world just as they shared the light of their glow sticks with the attendees of the induction.

By Dereka Thomas, SNHS Historian