Student Life: NAHS
by Bridget Bickford
On Wednesday, March 27th, the induction for the National Art Honor Society occurred at Braintree High School. National Art Honor Society is an organization where students in grades 9-12 can be invited by their art teacher to join, after having demonstrated an outstanding ability and interest in art. The NAHS works to lead its members in attaining the highest standards of art scholarship, character, and service, and to bring art education to the attention of the school and community. All members also must maintain a B average in all of their classes to remain as a member.
As a member of this society, I was invited during my sophomore year by my Drawing and Painting teacher, Mrs. Carol, who is also the Director of Art in Braintree and the founder of the BHS chapter of the National Art Honor Society. I had her as an art teacher during my freshman year as well for my Freshman Foundations class, and I enjoyed her encouraging and cheerful teaching style, which made me want to continue to move onto the Drawing and Painting class. Only a select number of students are invited into NAHS each year, so I felt honored to be considered. Other members are recognized for their abilities in areas such as Digital Design and 3D Design also. Becoming a member was an opportunity to further expand my interest in the arts and to spread my abilities in hopes of bettering my community.
Being a member of National Art Honor Society at Braintree High School is a very rewarding experience. A mandatory twenty service hours need to be completed by each member by the end of the school year in order to maintain membership, and for seniors to receive their graduation chords. The activity that most members take part in is teaching Creative Art Classes to middle school students after school during the winter. Not only is this an easy way to gain hours, but the members come to look forward to these classes each week- making connections with the younger students, and watching their skills progress.
During the ceremony on the 27th, all members of the organization, and students who participated in the Creative Art Classes were honored. Seniors who completed all of their service hours gathered on stage in front of an audience of peers and parents to be awarded with their chords. These rainbow awards will be worn by each of these seniors during the graduation ceremony in May as a form of recognition to their dedication. Middle school student who took classes were also called to the stage and rewarded certificates and t-shirts. After the ceremony, students and parents were invited into the main lobby where refreshments were served and student art work was displayed. Each member of NAHS displayed a work of art that they had created this past year, and also the Creative Art Class students displayed the pieces that they had worked on during their classes. From watercolor paintings to clay sculptures, all abilities were represented.
With the seniors’ time practically done as a member of the society, juniors will begin to take leadership positions in order to lead the underclassmen toward further success during next school year. Congratulations to all seniors honored and good luck to next year’s oldest members.
Bridget Bickford is a student in Advanced Placement English Language and Composition