Honor society inducts Vermont Academy students

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SAXTONS RIVER — Vermont Academy recently inducted two of its students into the National Honor Society.

The National Honor Society is the nation's premier organization established to recognize high school students who have demonstrated excellence in the areas of scholarship, service, leadership, and character. The Vermont Academy induction ceremony was held on Monday, Feb. 24. Existing members recited the four pillars of the society: scholarship, leadership, service, and character. Then each sponsor spoke about the accomplishments and character of their new member and welcomed them into Vermont Academy's chapter of the National Honor Society.

Evan Zorman, Class of 2020, sponsored Maggie Hodgson, Class of 2021, of Saxtons River. Evan described Maggie as "a renaissance woman - plain and simple." She is a three-season varsity athlete in soccer, hockey, and lacrosse, a tutor, and a talented writer who has received multiple honors for her writing, including most recently winning the all-school writing contest. Maggie has been no stranger to VA for most of her life yet she has found a way to make it her own, blossoming from a shy freshman into a confident junior who makes people feel welcome with her warm smile or a friendly wave. Maggie Hodgson is also not afraid to take up a challenge. In Spanish class, Evan has regularly seen her look up in confusion for just a moment, then furrow her brow, search deeply for the answer, and respond before the rest of the class can even process the question. He wanted to let her know that every time she has flashed her smile or eagerly waved at him from across Alumni field, she has given him the spirit to do the same as he's sure she has done for countless others.

Alex Paluszek, Class of 2020, sponsored Sarah Robinson, Class of 2020, of Bellows Falls. He described Sarah as an athlete, an artist, a writer, and a scholar. She joined crew and, through steady work, became the varsity coxswain and captain of the team at the prestigious Head of the Charles in Boston. She has grown from a great artist to a phenomenal one motivating those around her. She's has won a Scholastic Gold Key for her painting 'Summer's Drive' and her work has also been exhibited in numerous venues in Southern Vermont. She has also won the all-school writing contest three years in a row. Sarah has also been a very important part of the theater program, as she has devoted much of her time towards at least five plays bringing her own voice into each character she has played. Sarah also excels in academics, taking challenging courses while keeping a high GPA. Challenging herself, she has taken three years of Chinese and Honors and Advanced Placement courses.

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