Standing in front of 22 Ardmore High School students, Josiah Custar listed three “R’s” he relates to being a part of National Honor Society. 

The 2017 National Honor Society Induction Ceremony was conducted in Ardmore High School Monday night, with 22 students joining the nation’s oldest and largest student recognition program. The students were gathered in AHS’ mall—a popular central area of the high school. 

“We do a lot in this mall, but this is one of my favorite events,” Jake Falvey, AHS principal, told the crowd. “We need you and we’re proud of you.” 

Custar, a 2009 graduate of Ardmore and a former National Honor Society member, served as the guest speaker for the new inductees and told them the importance of the opportunity before them. 

“While this isn’t a life changing event, it is a life changing opportunity,” Custar said. Custar explained that being a part of the society can create a path of success, driven by handwork, determination and a want to be the best person possible. Custar explained three “R’s” he associates with the society: recognition, response and reward. 

Custar explained that while some students perceive being “the smart one” as a negative, he said that success in the classroom, and as a member of the community, isn’t something the students should be ashamed of. In fact, he said the students should proudly demonstrate their success and merit. 

Following his speech, current members of the society read exerts explaining the pillars of National Honor Society — scholarships, leadership, service and character. One by one the students read the exerts and then lit one of the five prongs on a candle resting in front of the new inductees. 

The 22 new inductees then were acknowledged individually, accepting their award and signing the official roster of the AHS chapter. 

Falvey challenged the new inductees to use the summer months out of school to make a difference and do two tasks—doing something exceptional for another person and encourage and recruit another person to join the society. 

“The more outstanding kids we have in this group the better,” Falvey said. “We can do a lot of good in this community and this school.”