By: Isaiah S. Showell, Follow South Jersey Multimedia Journalist/’What’s Good’ Host
CAMDEN, N.J. – Thirty students from Camden Academy Charter High School were inducted into the National Honors Society on March 28, and Kareem Rosser, author of the book Crossing the Line: A Fearless Team of Brothers and the Sport That Changed Their Lives Forever, was their special guest speaker.
Rosser emphasized in his speech the importance of good character, and he insisted that all the inductees have excellent character, or they wouldn’t be inducted in the first place.
“I think those who demonstrate great leadership skills and who are resilient and are able to deal with adversity are all good attributes when you think about character,” said Rosser. “And these kids are clearly on the right track. They’ve already demonstrated that they have the character to do something with themselves but more importantly to help other folks.”
Jaiya Snyder is one of the 30 inductees, and it was not without her experiencing adversity. In 2020 Jaiya and her family had to care for her father who experienced an aortic tear and water shedding throughout his brain that put him in a coma for three months. Jaiya still managed not to allow her grades to falter through this adverse time, and her mother, Mashea Snyder, couldn’t be prouder of her.
“Just last summer she was inducted to the Beta Club, so being inducted into the Beta Club and The National Honors Society makes me extremely proud of her and she should be proud of herself,” said Snyder.
The College Now program allows high school students the opportunity to begin college work while in high school and most of the inductees are a part of that program including Lisseth Rosario, a student athlete who has a complex schedule once her week begins.
“I start my day at 7 in the morning, practice starts around 3:10 [in the afternoon], then I get out of practice at 5:30, get home and do homework, and I get to bed around 10,” said Rosario.
The students at Camden Academy who were inducted into the National Honor’s Society keep very full schedules and still manage to perform at an exceptional level academically are without a doubt what’s good in South Jersey!
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