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BISHOP McNAMARA HIGH SCHOOLA Catholic, Holy Cross, Coeducational, College Preparatory School for Grades 9-12

Bishop McNamara High School Proudly Inducts New Members to the National Honor Society

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Bishop McNamara High School is honored to announce the induction of our new student members into the nation's premier organization of outstanding high school students, the National Honor Society (NHS). In addition, the NHS Faculty Advisor, Ms. Teresa Robinson, installed the new NHS Officers elected by current members for their service and leadership to the organization.

The National Honor Society is founded on the principles of scholarship, leadership, service, and character. NHS new President, David Perez '21, gave the opening welcome to over 220 participants of the virtual induction ceremony via Zoom Meeting held on January 28th. NHS Chaplain, Chi-Chi Ijeomah '21 led the induction service in prayer. Imani Strother '21, NHS Historian, presented an Historical Sketch of the NHS before the officers each reviewed the four qualities or pillars that serve as standards for members accepted into the society.
The Four Pillars of the NHS
Scholarship, Brandon Onochie '21, Secretary/Treasurer
"Scholarship denotes a commitment to learning. A student is willing to spend hours in reading and study, knowing the lasting benefits of a cultivated mind. We should continue to learn even when formal education has ended, for human education ends only with the end of life. Knowledge is one great element in life, which leads to the highest success, and it can be acquired in only one way—through diligence and effort. Learning furnishes the lamp by which we read the past, the torch guiding us to understand the present, and the light that illuminates the future. Candidates have the charge to continually expand their world through the opportunities inherent in scholarship."
Leadership – David Perez ‘21, President
"Leadership should exert a wholesome influence on the school. In taking initiative in the classroom and in school activities, the real leader strives to train and aid others to reach their common goals of success. The price of leadership is sacrifice—the willingness to yield one’s personal interests for the interests of others. A leader has self-confidence and will go forward when others hesitate. No matter what power and resources may exist in a school, community, or nation, they are ineffectual without the guidance of a wise leader. Leadership is always needed; thus, to lead is a meaningful and substantive charge to each of our members."
Character – Chinemerem "Chi-Chi" Ijeomah '21, Chaplain
"Character is the force within the individual that distinguishes each person from others. It creates for each of us our individuality, our goodness. It is that without which no one can respect oneself, nor hope to attain the respect of others. It is this force of character that guides one through life and, once developed, grows steadily within. Character is achieved and not received. It is the product of constant thought and action, the daily striving to make the right choice. The problem of character is the problem of self control. We must be in reality what we wish to appear to others—to be rather than to seem. By demonstrating such qualities as respect, responsibility, trustworthiness, fairness, caring, and citizenship, we may hope to prove by example that we value character."
Service – Alexis White '21, Vice President
"My office is service. Service can be established in the routine of the day’s work where many opportunities arise to help others both at school and in the community. A willingness to work for the benefit of those in need, without monetary compensation or public recognition, is the quality we seek in our membership and promote for the entire student body. We are committed to volunteering our time and talents to the creation of a better tomorrow."
The keynote speaker for the event was graduate of Bishop McNamara, Eric Darnell '12. Eric is a former Student Council President and Maroon & Gold Award Recipient. During his time at BMHS he was also a member of The Stampede student newspaper, the Sankofa African Music & Dance program, and the Frontiers of Justice. Currently, Eric lives in Los Angeles, California, and is a creative executive at Columbia Pictures (Bad Boys 4 Life, Once Upon a Time in Hollywood, Spiderman: Far From Home), the flagship film label of Sony Pictures Entertainment where he is responsible for overseeing the studio's development, production and release of new films. He is also a 2016 graduate of The George Washington University (B.A. American Studies & Political Communication) where he graduated with honors and as one of three President's Award recipients from the GWU Class of 2016. He currently serves on GWU's Dean's Council for the Columbian College of Arts & Sciences, focusing on low-income student retention and faculty equity and inclusion initiatives. 
Eric spoke candidly about the successes and failures of his school years and career, but encouraged these students to persevere even when they are discouraged or feeling defeated time and again. He offered words of inspiration to persuade them to take those seemingly inconsequential academic programs more seriously, as they will be so important down the road as they move through life. He credits his years at BMHS with being so formative and influential pointing to specific encounters with BMHS administrators and teachers as wholly life-changing for him. Eric gave a truly inspirational talk to our students and their families, one that should motivate our NHS to achieve greatness.
The event was closed with rousing remarks and encouragement from our President/CEO, John Barnhardt.
Following a list of all inductees below, there is a video recording of the Zoom Induction Ceremony, including Eric's speech, and screenshots of some of the attendees.
Congratulations NHS students and their families!

New NHS Officers
David Perez ‘21, NHS President
Alexis White '21, Vice President
Brandon Onochie '21, Secretary/Treasurer
Chinemerem "Chi-Chi" Ijeomah '21, Chaplain
Inductees Class of 2021
Justin Bechet
Omarie Campbell
Alyssa Eddy
Saumyá Garner
Taylor Gibson
Anthony Harris
Derek Jackson
Peyton McCoy
Jayden Morgan
Phillip Elijah Oglesby-Hunter
Shawn Pelote
A'Nya Ramsey
Olusimisola Sanni
Micah Stephenson
Inductees Class of 2022
Jayla Allen
Kelly Austin
Morgan Bailey
Jeffrey Beamer
Cade Binns
Jordan Boger
Milan Bradley
Nadia Brittain
Morgan Broadnax
Callie Cooper
Amanda Densmore
Olivia Dixon
Armenta Farmer
Azsa Farmer
Matthew Fleming
Nicaela Florentino
Jasmine Flores
Marcel Gillespie
Casey Griffin
Maurice Hall
Anya Harris
London Harris
Jada Howard
Christian Inman
Mihiretu Jackson
Terner Jenkins
Laila Johnson
Robert Johnson
Kamari Knight
Alexia Lee
Mya Lee
Justin Malloy
Ariana Marrero-Massa
Ashleigh Miller
Tiffany Obina
Deanna Parris
Kaitlyn Parrish
Jordan Partlow
Mackenzie Perry
Reanna Pickering
Kamryn Pierson
Alexis Rouson
Jasmine Scott
Alissa Smith
Francesca Smith
Sean Smith
Ainsley Spain
Christopher Taylor
Hannah Tripp
Tarae Vines
Christine Waters
Katelyn Weslowski
Olivia Williams
Quincy Williams
Lawrence Wingfield
Erin Wright
Gabrielle Yeldell
Leo Zheng
2021 NHS Induction Zoom Video