New Members Inducted into the National Honor Society

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The Rockport High School National Honor Society’s annual Induction Ceremony was held on October 30, 2019 at the Shalin Liu Performance Center. The induction ceremony was led by the chapter’s officers – Nathaniel Kirby-President, Evelyn Merz-Vice President, Rosemary McNiff – Secretary and Jillian Tierney- Treasurer.  Each officer spoke on one of the pillars of the NHS – character, service, leadership and scholarship. The new Inductees this year are: Bowen Slingluff, Edward (Baxter) Chmiel, Benjamin Porter, Patrick Morin, Lillian Morrell, Molly Timmons, Lauren Ryan, Sydney Champagne, Julia Drost, Zoe Lucido, Austin Matus and Lucas Sappia.

The guest speak was Ed Becker. Ed led the transformation of the Essex County Greenbelt from a small three-person operation to its current position as one of the most effective and highly-respected land conservation trusts in the country.  Ed’s exceptional abilities, integrity and passion for conserving land and nature define him. He traced the geological history of Rockport and spoke about how tackling problems like climate change may have to come from the bottom up instead of the top down.  He noted that Chapter President, Nathaniel Kirby, was already an example of such change as he had spearheaded two successful campaigns to ban single use plastic bags, straws and water bottles. He suggested that the NHS members were the change agents of our future.

The annual Community Service Award was given to Glen Macleod to recognize his generous support of the Cape Ann YMCA.  Glen spoke about how the new YMCA will be a game change for Cape Ann, just like the Shalin Liu has been for Rockport.  It has the ability to join disparate groups in Cape Ann under one umbrella.