10APRNHS Ceremony 201911:30
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Pinewood sponsors a local chapter of the U.S.-based National Honor Society. Membership is open to students in Grades 10-12 who, in addition to having a high academic average, show special qualities of leadership, character, and service to the school community. Students with a cumulative average of 85% are scholastically eligible to begin the selection process. The prestigious NHS induction ceremony takes place each year in the second semester.
The four areas of the National Honor Society of which students must demonstrate excellence are defined as follows:
Students who have a cumulative grade point average of 85%, B, 3.0 (on a 4.0 scale) or equivalent standard of excellence, or a higher cumulative average set by the local school’s faculty council, meet the scholarship requirement for membership. These students are then eligible for consideration on the basis of service, leadership, and character.
This quality is defined as the voluntary contributions made by a student to the school or community, without direct financial or material compensation to the individual performing the service. Chapters may establish criteria that stipulate specific quantities of projects or service hours for candidates, as well as expectations of service obligations once a student is selected as a member.
Student leaders are often viewed as those students who are resourceful, good problem solvers, involved in and promoters of school activities, idea contributors, dependable, and who are both organized and organizers. Experiences to be considered under the leadership criterion can include activities that originate in the school or community or both, as determined by the local chapter.
The student of good character can be said to be one who upholds principles of morality and ethics; is cooperative and responsible; demonstrates high standards of honesty and reliability; shows courtesy, concern, and respect for others; and is a good citizen. Local chapters consider the values and traditions of both the local school and community when defining the character criterion.
Once selected, a student is awarded the privilege of membership in the Pinewood chapter at a special induction ceremony that takes place in the third quarter. With induction, each member assumes certain obligations as outlined by our chapter and the national constitution. All active NHS chapter members are expected to fulfill the 10-hour service obligation and support any Pinewood chapter activities during their time as a student at Pinewood
We are honored to welcome this year's Keynote Speaker: Anastasia T. Vrachnos
Until January 2019, Anastasia served as the vice provost for international affairs and operations at Princeton University, a role in which she leads the development and administration of partnerships, policies and programs that advance the international scope of Princeton's research and teaching and enhance Princeton’s global connections.
Prior to coming to Princeton, Anastasia served as the inaugural dean of international and professional experience at Yale-NUS, a liberal arts college in Singapore. Her responsibilities included collaborating with faculty to shape, implement and assess international programming, as well as designing a global portfolio of academic, research and professional opportunities to enhance students' education, international awareness, leadership skills and career development.
Anastasia also served as the executive director of the Princeton in Asia (PiA) program from 2004 to 2012. Founded in 1898, PiA promotes international understanding and mutual appreciation between East and West by sponsoring service-oriented internships and fellowships in Asia in immersive environments. During her tenure, Vrachnos led PiA's dynamic expansion, tripling its participants, doubling the endowment and introducing programming in 12 additional countries.
Vrachnos draws on a wide range of professional experience in the fields of education, finance, journalism and international development. She taught middle school in the Bronx, New York, and served as a PiA fellow and English instructor at Atma Jaya University in Yogyakarta, Indonesia. She worked as an investment banker for Morgan Stanley in New York and in Singapore and as a photojournalist and media-trainer documenting Indonesia's transition to democracy and Timor-Leste's road to independence. Her award-winning images have been featured in The New York Times, Asiaweek, Businessweek, CNN, Der Spiegel, The Guardian, Newsweek and Time.
Vrachnos graduated cum laude from Princeton University with a BA in English in 1991 and received her MS in Secondary School Education from Mercy College. She reads Ancient Greek and Latin and is fluent in modern Greek and Bahasa Indonesia. She enjoys street food, wide-angle lenses, telling stories and climbing volcanoes.