A Midsummer Knight's Dream (National English Honor Society), Mu Alpha Theta (National Math Honor Society), and Sociedad Honorária Hispánica (National Spanish Honor Society) held their induction ceremonies this year on campus. Ms. Emma Tsai opened the NEHS ceremony in the Benitez Chapel on September 29 with a short introduction, which was followed by poetry readings by student officers. More than 50 new members were inducted with the flower of NEHS, a white carnation. The mission of NEHS is to promote mastery of written expression, encourage worthwhile reading, and foster fellowship among students who excel in English studies.
The Mu Alpha Theta induction ceremony took place this October in the Hildebrand Alumni Center. 40 members were renewed, and 30 new members were inducted, for a total of 70 members for the 2021-2022 year. The principal purpose of Mu Alpha Theta is to stimulate a deeper interest in mathematics. During the ceremony, the officers of Mu Alpha Theta and the President of the Math Club spoke of the deeper meaning and historical significance of mathematics.
The speeches began with the history of mathematics dating back to the arithmetic, trigonometry, number theory, and astronomy of the Babylonians and Egyptians. They explained how the symbolism of the insignia of Mu Alpha Theta represents an important relationship in mathematics, one that combines the mystery, the challenge, and the beauty of numbers with a simple geometric figure—the right triangle.
President Christophe Merriam adds, "It felt powerful to have 70 of us who are dedicated to excellence in mathematics together. We are the future!" Secretary Craig Choi says, "I enjoyed spending one of my final math-related moments at EHS alongside my friends with whom I've learned so much. Seeing the smiles on the faces of the new members reminded me of the moments of laughter I have had in this club and honor society over the past few years."