A group of Berlin High School students fitted in freshly-ironed, button-down shirts, polished shoes and patterned skirts eagerly sat in the school’s Library Media Center on Wednesday, March 25 to hear their names called and become official members of BHS’s first chapter of Rho Kappa.
Created by the National Council for Social Studies, Rho Kappa is the only national council for juniors and seniors that recognizes excellence in social studies.
Founded in 1921, the National Council for Social Studies has members throughout the United States and in 35 countries.
“We were sent a brochure from Rho Kappa and we discussed it in our department meeting, and teachers began to advocate for it to be a part of our school,” said Brendan Rush, one of the program’s advisors, along with Dave Bosso.
Becoming a certified member of Rho Kappa is no simple task, however.
Berlin High’s 24 inaugural members had to maintain a GPA of 3.5 on the 4.0 scale for all social studies courses, a 3.0 overall GPA, and have completed four semesters in the field of social studies and be on track to complete six. Also, members had to have shown and/or demonstrated civic engagement in the community or school, and receive letters of recommendation.
In addition to Bosso and Rush, as well as the program’s co-advisors Amy Marchetti and Jennifer Wilkosz, various local leaders were in attendance on March 25 to congratulate the inaugural class, including Speaker of the House Joe Aresimowicz, who presented the students with an Official Citation issued by the Connecticut General Assembly.
Jack Carroll is a Berlin High School junior, and a member of Rho Kappa.
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