CRLS National Honor Society Update

The Cambridge Rindge and Latin National Honor Society (NHS), one of the oldest and perhaps most prestigious such National Honor Society organizations in the country, is completing another very successful academic year.

Thursday, May 14th, the annual Cambridge Rotary Club Awards Breakfast for senior graduates was held at the Harvard Faculty Club in Cambridge. Four NHS seniors received $1000 scholarships for outstanding academic achievement and community service.

Recipients were CRLS Senior Ben Likis for his work with “Breakthrough,” a tutorial project, CRLS Senior Miriam Bromfield for her work with “Best Buddies,” a peer leadership/advocacy project, CRLS Senior Alexandra Berke, for her work with “Club 4” that serves meals for the Harvard Square Homeless project, and CRLS Senior Janisa Davila, for her work with the Cambridge Margaret Fuller House, one of the oldest settlement houses in America. In addition, Cambridge Rotary Club provided grants of $500 to each of these service organizations.

CRLS math teacher Peter Mili is the CRLS faculty advisor to the NHS.

Earlier in the Spring, (Thursday April 9), the Cambridge Rindge and Latin National Honor Society inducted 81 juniors into its ranks. The event was held in the CRLS Fitzgerald Theater and attended by many CRLS teachers, fellow NHS recipients, and families of the students.

CRLS NHS President Adelilna Huo, Vice President Ben Likis, Secretary Elizabeth Hoffman, and Treasurer Elizabeth Asefa spoke the four “NHS pillars of membership”: Leadership, Service, Character, and Scholarship. The featured guest speaker was Language Arts teacher, and Register Forum faculty advisor, Steve Matteo.

Two inductees, Jake Harris (‘10) and Paris Ellsworth (’10) wowed the assembled crowd with their singing and accompanying guitar playing.

On Wednesday, May 13th, 64 members of the NHS Class of 2010 spent a community service day at the annual Senior Citizens Picnic, hosted by Cambridge Mayor E. Denise Simmons, the City of Cambridge, and the Massachusetts Institute of Technology. More than 1000 senior citizens attended the always popular annual picnic lunch held in the MIT hockey rink.

Adorned in light green t-shirts that proclaimed the “all-green lunch”, the students demonstrated their service protocols: they greeted guests and assisted those with walkers and wheelchairs, socialized with seniors, served coffee, pastries, lunch and dessert, and joyfully danced with the guests. Afterwards, they assisted with the massive clean-up.

*Special thanks to Larry Aaronson for this report.

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