On March 13th, Westlake High School hosted the fourth annual induction ceremony for the Rho Kappa National Social Studies Honor Society. They welcomed 11 new members into this prestigious society. The National Council for the Social Studies (NCSS) began Rho Kappa Social studies honor society in 2011. NCSS saw a need for a national student award program that recognized students for their achievements in required and elective social studies courses as well as community service.
Criteria for membership includes:
- Completing four semesters of courses in the field of social studies at the time of induction and completing at least six semesters upon graduation. All semesters in social studies must have an un-weighted grade point average of an 88 and students must maintain an overall GPA of 85 or higher.
- Completing and presenting an approved community service or historical research project and obtaining a letter of recommendation from a teacher or guidance counselor.
- Attending at least 10 honor society meetings per semester.
Faculty Advisor Tricia Oliveras stated "Each of the inductees were passionate about their topics and community service and did an amazing job of presenting their research and activities on PowerPoint presentations. It was a pleasure listening to them. All members and current inductees have taken active roles in their community which is inspiring to many."
Mrs. Oliveras then introduced guest speaker Special Agent Kent McCarthy who served in the Secret service. He told the students that his love of social studies and history led him to the successful and interesting career he has today. He encouraged them to follow their passion.
The 11 new inductees into the Rho Kappa National Social Studies Honor Society are:
|Cynthia Briggs||Declan Hegarty|
|Katie Burns||Faith Summers|
|Sophia Catarino||Freyja Varga|
|Lee Cohen||Ava Zadrima|
|Michelle Flynn||Kaylee Zheng|