Feb. 11, 1999
AUBURN — With the benefit of a lifetime of habit and training, students from St. Joseph School in Auburn formed two parallel lines at the back of the church and began the slow, steady march to the altar.
The 16 students, the 1999 inductees into the National Junior Honor Society, rarely allowed smiles to creep onto their faces as they caught the eye of family members with cameras in hand.
Principal Mary Caffrey spoke briefly, allowing this year's honor society President Tillman Frick to run most of the ceremony.
Only his height, the braces on his teeth and an occasional crack in his booming voice revealed Tillman's true age as the eighth-grader led the other students in the honor society's oath.
"I pledge myself to uphold the high purpose of the National Junior Honor Society for which I have been selected, the students intoned, with great solemnity. "I will be true to the principles for which it stands, I will be loyal to my school, and I will maintain and encourage the high standards of scholarship, service, leadership, character and citizenship."