NAHS Inducts New Members
by Jessica Yu
On Thursday March 27, 2014, the Grabowsky Auditorium at Braintree High School was filled with students, faculty, and parents for the annual National Art Honor Society Induction and Cord Ceremony. The ceremony celebrates the achievements and contributions of its individual members and its impact on the art community as a whole.
There was much to celebrate at Induction for the 2013-2014 has proved to be a productive year for the society. Events such as the annual Gingerbread House Competition and the Middle School Art Classes have come to define and characterize the National Art Honor Society chapter in our community.
This year, the Gingerbread House Competition was a success. The hot chocolate carrying elves and festive Christmas music seemed to attract the attention of everyone on the second floor. Not only that, but even the headmaster and members of administration decided to join in on the fun and created their own team! But at the end of the day, after the deliberation, after the destruction of the gingerbread houses, after cleaning up the mountains of candy and sugar, the National Art Honor Society was able to donate the proceeds from to the Dianne DeVanna Center in the spirit of giving.
As for the Creative Art Classes, the National Art Honor Society hosts middle school art classes annually at the high school. Middle schoolers who sign up for the program are offered classes ranging from cartooning, drawing and painting, photography, clay art, and sculpture or 3D art. However, these classes are taught and administered by the members of the society rather than faculty. This unique program gives high school students an opportunity to take initiative and work to enrich the art community as whole by teaching a craft that allows people to openly express their thoughts and feelings in an idiosyncratic and honest way. Each class is assigned teachers; they are the ones who are in charge of the lesson plans, setting up the materials, and making sure that everything is running smoothly. This program gives members an opportunity to assume responsibility and show others what they are passionate about.
During induction, Ms. Beth Pyliotis, a former art teacher at South Middle School, was presented the National Art Honor Society “Our Inspiration” award by members Emma Cross and Thomas Falcucci. Ms. Pyliotis was nominated by NAHS members and recognized for her creativity and encouraging spirit that resonated with the society’s fellow members even to this day.
The ceremony was concluded after the distribution of the rainbow graduation cords and recital of the NAHS oath which was directed by junior Sophia Berardinelli.
Although most of the festivities are over, students and faculty are welcome to stop by the front entrance lobby to preview the artwork from the inductees one last time. These works include myriad canvas paintings, 3D clay sculptures, sketches, digital prints, photographs, mixed media pieces, and more.
Congratulations to the thirty-eight seniors who were inducted this year and we wish you luck with your future academic and artistic endeavors! To the twenty-one juniors and sophomores that were inducted, we know that you will do a great job at keeping the creative spirit alive for years to come!
Jessica Yu is a student in Advanced Placement English Language and Composition