Social Studies Honor Society Inducts New Members

Rho Kappa Inducts New Members
Posted on 02/25/2020

Led by members of the inaugural cohort, the second cohort of the Berlin High School Chapter of Rho Kappa, NCSS was honored in the high school’s library media center on Thursday, February 20th. The 29 inductees took a pledge focused on the core organizational principles of truth, knowledge, wisdom, and service in front of a crowd comprised of family members, high school faculty and staff, town and educational officials, and well- wishers.The Rho Kappa National Social Studies Honor Society was established by the National Council for the Social Studies in December, 2011. It is the only national organization that recognizes high school juniors and seniors for excellence in the field of social studies. Currently, there are Rho Kappa chapters in 41 states and the District of Columbia, with 22 chapters established in Connecticut. There are also chapters in China, Germany, Italy, and Singapore. According to its by-laws, the Berlin High School Chapter of Rho Kappa, NCSS is a Social Studies Honor Society that promotes scholarship and recognizes academic excellence in social studies among high school students; encourages interest in, understanding of, and appreciation for the social studies; and supports the interest, knowledge of, and participation in civic affairs through scheduled activities throughout the year.Among the criteria to be eligible for admission in the Berlin High School Chapter of Rho Kappa, NCSS, students must have completed four semesters in the field of social studies and be prepared to complete at least six semesters. Students must also have a minimum weighted GPA of a 3.5 on the 4.0 BHS scale for social studies courses, and an overall GPA of a 3.0 on a 4.0 scale. Additionally, all candidates must have demonstrated civic engagement in the community or school.Several special guests were present to share congratulatory remarks, including Board of Education President, Richard Aroian; and BHS Principal, Eileen Eustis. Each inductee received an official Rho Kappa certificate, along with a citation from State Representative, Joe Aresimowicz.Students who are members of Rho Kappa will have the opportunity to focus on a number of events and projects centered on social studies education, and will be engaged in various activities throughout the year, from fundraising to community service.This year’s inductees are as follows