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Four Pillars of Excellence

Four Pillars of Excellence

Sixty-eight students from the Classes of 2024 and 2025 were inducted into the Florence Weaver Chapter of the National Honor Society. Mr. Konzelman opened the ceremony by thanking families for their commitment to Christian education and praying for continued partnership, as together we “support these students so that they can further the kingdom and honor and glorify the Lord.” 

NHS Induction Ceremony 2024

To qualify for NHS membership, students must maintain a cumulative grade point average of 3.5 and receive a recommendation by administration and faculty for demonstration of scholarship, leadership, service and character. Four of our senior prefects shared the merits behind each of these pillars of excellence. 

Scholarship | Academic Prefect Olivia Smith 
“As SBS scholars, you embrace the challenge of our school’s academics head-on while striving for well-roundedness and engagement in our school’s activities. You inspire other students to not be complacent with what they know but to strive along with you for deeper understanding. And, most importantly, you glorify God in your success in the classroom, utilizing what he gave you to further His Kingdom. Colossians 3:23-24 says, ‘Whatever you do, work at it with all your heart, as if working for the Lord, not for human masters, since you know that you will receive an inheritance from the Lord as a reward. It is the Lord Christ you are serving.’”

Leadership | Head Prefect Ellie Veeningen
“One can be promoted into a leadership position and granted a title; however, a title does not dictate the influence that an individual can create. As a member of the National Honor Society, you will earn your legacy: you will be followed by those who witness your service towards others. All members of this society possess the power of a team. A team of educated and motivated students who find purpose in serving not only our school but our community.”

Service | Service Prefect Charlie Shears
“What a blessing it is that the foundations here at Second Baptist School are centered around servant-leadership. When Jesus talks about service, He is talking about something far greater than having a desire to help others. The cross shows us what Jesus means by service. Service means total obedience to the will of God and of the growth of His kingdom. To serve is to give your life as a gift, as a ransom for others. Jesus came to serve and He gave His life serving others, and I hope you will do the same.”

Character | Student Life Prefect Riley Tackett
“A person of good character knows when to be a leader, how to serve, and how to work hard. These three other pillars, leadership, service, and scholarship, are all based on your character. As Christians, our character should mirror Christ. Romans 12:12 states, ‘Do not be conformed to this world, but be transformed through the renewing of your mind, that by testing you may discern what is the will of God, what is good and acceptable and perfect.’”