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GA Celebrates 2017 National Honor Society Inductees

On Tuesday afternoon, 13 members of the Class of 2017 were inducted into the Germantown Academy chapter of the Science National Honor Society in a special ceremony at Gypsy Blu restaurant in Ambler.

The inductees were Akosua Adubofour '17, Julia Buchholz '17, Braden Cody '17, Abigail Goldstein '17, Matthew Gorman '17, Tyler Hook '17, Isabelle McMahon '17, Richard Niu '17, James Parker '17, Gavin Rees '17, Daniel Smith '17, Theodore Wood '17, and Ethan Zhao '17.

"I am amazed by the accomplishments of this year's group of inductees," said Upper School Science Department Head James Anderson. "Their commitment to science and serving their community makes the entire department very proud. We are fortunate to work with such talented and dedicated students.

To be inducted into the Science National Honor Society, candidates must maintain a minimum cumulative GPA of 3.0, and have maintained a B+ or better across all honors level and AP science courses. Students are also expected to enroll in an honors level or AP science level course in both their junior and senior years at GA. During their senior year, candidates are required to participate in two or more service opportunities that embrace the concept of sharing knowledge and interest in science with the broader community. Acceptable service options include: Judging the Eighth Grade Science Research Fair, tutoring in the Science Center once a rotation, working with PreK and Kindergarten students as a member of Kids Teaching Kids (KTK) for the year, volunteering as a Green Ambassador, assisting in Lower school science classes, or another science-centered volunteer opportunity that is approved by the chapter advisor.

The Science National Honors Society was organized at the Academy in 2009 with the following objectives:

• To encourage and recognize scientific and intellectual thought

• To advance student's knowledge of classical and modern science

• To communicate with the scientific community

• To aid the civic community with its comprehension of science

• To encourage students to participate in community service and in turn, encourage a dedication to the pursuit of scientific knowledge that benefits all of mankind.

The Science National Honors Society motto translated from Latin reads "fortunate is one who understands the causes of things."

"Each of you during the course of your time in the GA science program have demonstrate a genuine interested in understanding the cause of things and in sharing this knowledge with others both in and outside of the Germantown Academy community," said Upper School science teacher Nina Butler-Roberts, who serves as GA's National Science Honor Society faculty advisor. "Whether tutoring in the Math and Science center, judging the Middle school science fair, or helping our youngest students at KTK, you have shared your knowledge and aptitude with members of the GA community that will be lasting and go beyond June 9. As the faculty advisor to the GA chapter of the Science National Honors society I feel fortunate to have had the opportunity to work.

"As new members of the Science National Honors Society each of you has shown an aptitude and dedication toward developing and enhancing you knowledge of science to the betterment of yourself and those around you," added Butler-Roberts. "Keep up the good work! At no time in my adult life can I think of a greater need for the understanding of science or for people to be seekers for the cause of things. You are the future of science- make connections, make changes, make a difference! It is our hope as your mentors and educators that you continue on beyond our walls to further these goal as move on to the next part of your life's journey. On behalf of the Germantown academy Science Department, I welcome you into the Science National Honor Society. Congratulations!"

CLICK HERE to see pictures of the Science National Honors Society Induction Ceremony on SmugMug.