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Let Them Wear Cloaks!

Taos Academy begins new National Junior Honor Society


If you're a regular human being with the slightest amount of common sense, you have probably already realized that this is a newspaper article, but not just any newspaper article. It's a pretty good newspaper article with facts.

Yeah, we can read your mind. You're probably having a little conversation in your head, debating if you should keep on reading this, but we talked to the experts, so you really should keep reading. The experts are also known as Taos Academy National Junior Honor Society students.

If you haven't heard of them, don't feel left out because they are brand new to Taos Academy's National Honor Society. The only difference is they are younger. To include the young intellectuals at the Academy, the powers-that-be decided to also have a junior honor society, and so ensued a story line that includes Harry Potter hooded cloaks, baked goods, decorating a police car and maintaining a 3.0 grade point average.

The newer inductees desired hooded black cloaks for the ceremony. Why Harry Potter cloaks, you may ask? Well, so did we.

The members, while busily sewing on honor society patches to their cloaks, simply responded, "Why not?" They were asked by their group leader, Jeanette Henshaw, if they wanted anything special for the honor group. They decided Harry Potter cloaks would be the perfect attire for such an honor.

This is the first year of the Taos Academy junior honor society. Apparently, you do not have to "be one with Einstein's incredible sense of knowledge" to be in it. You only have to maintain a 3.0 GPA and do some awesome community service projects, and, well, wear a hooded cloak while gathering donations for charity.

Being the intelligent go-getters that they are, the junior honor society members held a bake sale to fund the cloaks and earned $160. But, they only needed $100 for the robes, pin guards and pins. The extra amount will go towards other honor society expenses.

The new inductees were welcomed during a serious and history-drenched ceremony on Feb. 21 in the hallowed halls of Taos Academy. The audience rose for the "hooded" procession. Upon reaching the stage area, the new pledges began the event with the official National Honor Society pledge, which states:

"I pledge to uphold the high purposes of the National Junior Honor Society to which I have been selected; I will be true to the principles for which it stands; I will be loyal to my school; and will maintain and encourage the high standards of scholarship, service, leadership, character and citizenship."

After which, the fresh-faced, although hooded, students were inducted into a time-honored society of amazing students. The following Taos Academy students joined the NJHS: Gabriella Aquino, vice president; Orion Joseph, secretary; Denim Padberg, treasurer; Lilu Marchasin, president; and members Hana O´Brien-Ishikawa, Daniel Pacheco and Quinn WIlson.