I have been asked to speak with you tonight regarding one of the four main qualities possessed by those associated with the National Honor Society- this characteristic is SCHOLARSHIP.
SCHOLARSHIP is defined as a “commitment to learning.” Scholarship is NOT an inherited quality, but one that is acquired and developed as a result of responsibility, diligence, and dedication.
A scholar is willing to spend hours in reading and study, knowing the lasting benefits of a cultured and educated mind. From the detailed works of Aristotle, to Shakespeare, to Chaucer, Newton, and Darwin, the information and the wisdom available to students today is absolutely priceless. Unfortunately, many tend to overlook the importance of scholarship and its benefits to life—- Those FEW who demonstrate an acute awareness of the value of education are truly extraordinary. Success is not achieved by CHANCE, but by CHOICE.
Despite the fact that formal education may end either in high school, or in college, one’s education and desire to learn should not cease upon the acquisition of a piece of paper, upon the receipt of a diploma.
Graduation is not the end of an enlightened era, but rather the beginning of the rest of one’s life. The liberal arts education received from secondary school shall serve as a strong foundation for the various challenges life may present. Education ends only with life; therefore, one must take advantage of time and see each day as a learning experience. THe acquisition of intellect is not a destination, but a journey.
Knowledge is one great element in life which leads to the highest success, and it can be acquired in only one way- through conscientiousness and effort. The information bestowed upon each scholar is invaluable and a scholar’s ability to recognize its worth is quite rare. Scholarship is worth much more than anything monetary because the power of one’s intellect cannot be spent nor can it be taken away.
The mind is a muscle which functions to decipher not only academics, but also the purposes of life. Knowledge and experience serve as nutrition for the mind- enabling it to grow and develop.
Intelligence can act as an extremely powerful tool. Great minds, such as Marie Curie, have dedicated and sacrificed their lives by taking chances, by thinking out of the box, and by exercising their intellect in order to benefit mankind.
I ask you this evening to think out of the box:
The next time you find yourself plopped on the couch watching television, turn it off, pick up a book, and read.
The next time you prepare for an exam, think not of memorizing the details, but of achieving a complete and thorough understanding and appreciation for the subject.
The next time you think to yourself that high school is only an insignificant and trivial hurdle in the broad scheme of life- Remember, in the next couple of years, your parents will be paying an EXTREME amount of money for you to develop your minds, to educate yourselves, and to become acquainted with the world-
Take advantage of the education which high school has to offer-
Learning furnishes the lamp by which we read the past, the flame which ignites the present, and the light which illuminates the future.
Once again, congratulations on receiving this prestigious honor and remember, each of you possess the charge, the power to continually expand your intellect and our world through the opportunities inherent in scholarship.