Over 110 students, all of our staff, and several special guests of ASG came together for the 5th Annual Honor’s Banquet last Saturday, September 30th, 2017.
The music club, led by the advisor, Ms. Annie Camp, performed ‘10,000 Reasons’ for audience members before being served a brunch buffet: Grilled Chicken, Fried Rice, Spiral-Cut Ham, Egg Bake, Hash Browns, Biscuits, Muffins, Fruit, and Various Desserts.
As is customary, staff and students recited the annual Honor pledges after brunch. Dean of Student Engagement, Ms. Maria Morin, led staff members to the recitation and signing of the Student First Pledge. Following individual speeches, Student Government Presidents, Ellie Nguyen and Sophia Xu of the Pennsylvania and Ohio Campuses, led their fellow students in recitation and signing of the Honor Oath.
Mr. Cory Zahradnik, Director of Masters Admissions at Carnegie Mellon University Tepper School of Business, gave the keynote address on what the university looks for in prospective candidates. Mr. Zahradnik shared that the admissions committee assesses candidates based on the acronym, GREAT––Grit, Rigor, Enthusiasm, Achievement, Teamwork. It was an excellent speech, relevant for many students in attendance.
Most noteworthy of all, ASG President, Ms. Cecelia Yauger, introduced the ASG Honor’s Society, a new student organization formed to recognize ASG’s highest performing students. All students with a 3.25 GPA and of good academic standing were eligible for selection. A total of 32 students were inducted into the first Honor’s Society class. Each student was awarded a certificate of recognition and will receive several new opportunities and privileges that will enrich their academic experience in the academic year.
One of the major formal dining events of the year, the Honor Banquet is intended to affirm and promote the values that lie at the heart of the American education system: Honor, Integrity, & Excellence. Staff and students make both pledges every year as a gesture of commitment to upholding these values.
A copy of the Honor Oath and Student-First pledges have been included below:
As a member of the American Scholar Group and a global citizen, I promise:
I will represent American Scholar positively in all my daily endeavors,
I will strive to act with honesty and integrity,
I will respect the rights and dignity of all people,
I will oppose all forms of corruption and exploitation, and
I will take responsibility for my actions
As I hold true to these principles, it is my hope that I may enjoy an honorable reputation and peace of conscience
I made this oath freely and upon my honor.
Because I put students first, I pledge to:
Treat all students with dignity and respect. Be attentive and responsive.
Be patient. Focus on exceeding students expectations. Remember that every interaction matters!
I am proud to be part of the American Scholar Group.