Central Academy of Excellence, Central Middle School host first National Honor Society, National Junior Honor Society Inductions

First annual induction ceremony celebrate middle and high school students


Central Academy of Excellence and Central Middle School hosted their first National Honor Society (NHS) and National Junior Honor Society (NJHS) induction ceremony on Wednesday, Jan. 31 at Central Academy.

This is the first time in recent memory NHS and NJHS programs have been offered at either school. Math teacher Arjun Ravindran spearheaded the launch of the program at Central Middle and science teacher Katherine Carter introduced the program at Central Academy. For the first year, Central Academy inducted 25 high school students; Central Middle inducted 63 scholars.

Ravindran was instrumental in securing funding for both programs by participating in Teach for America Kansas City’s TFA Shark Tank KC event. His proposal earned a $5,000 grant to start the programs. In addition, Ravindran and Carter secured sponsors including Charlie Hustle Clothing Company, Julee Jonez from Hot 103 Jamz and others to help offset the costs of launching the program at the schools. Both societies are now endowed for five years.

“Bringing NHS and NJHS to Central Middle and Central Academy is a great way to celebrate our top achievers,” Ravindran said. “These honor societies provide opportunities for our top scholars to build their resumes, develop leadership skills and serve our community. In the long term, Honor Society students become leaders and role models to their peers, making a positive impact on school culture and the perception of our schools.”

NHS and NJHS are national organizations established to recognize outstanding middle and high school students beyond just the honor roll. Students who demonstrate excellence in areas of scholarship, service, leadership and character are considered to join the organization. Both programs offer Honor Students assistance with college planning and financial aid, college scholarships, leadership development and more.

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