Membership in high school honor societies is supposed to be based on academic performance. Extracurricular activities may play a role, but the standard is the old-fashioned GPA. One student now claims he was rejected by the National Honor Society because of his vocal support for President Trump.
“Boris Kizenko is 16-years-old and has a 4.0 grade point average. He told [reoprters] that he is a former class president and has done the required community service to qualify for the National Honor Society at Holmdel High School in New Jersey,” NTD writes.
Kizenko manages the class Instagram page. He posts a variety of memes and quotes, including some from President Trump.
“If you’re going to be thinking anything, you might as well think big,” one reads.
“I would post motivational quotes every day, from Marcus Aurelius to Yoda to Drake. Trump is our president, so I felt there should be no problem quoting him as well,” Kizenko said. “They took the post down and took away all my social media authority as president. [They] demanded my password …”
“They told me that I was being a ‘monarch’ in the Student Council and said that [quote] doesn’t represent the ideals of the class,” Kizenko added.
Kizenko even borrowed the MAGA phrase for his class president reelection campaign. “Make Holmdel Great Again,” was his go-to phrase, but the school called it “propaganda.”
The school ultimately rejected his application for the honor society. The cited a “character issue,” though they didn’t state what that issue was.
“I get this letter at home one day that I was not accepted because of character reasons, that I didn’t meet their character and leadership standards. And I didn’t understand.”
“I felt bad at first, like I did something wrong,” Kizenko added. “But soon I realized it was because they don’t like my politics and there have been issues all throughout high school so far, with politics …”
“I have a feeling that they were just collecting a lot of the times where I was speaking out about my politics and they hit it with me when they denied me NHS.”
The decision, without further explanation, seems a bit dubious. And bi-partisan pundits agree.
“I remember a time in our nation’s history, when it was okay to respect our president, Bill, and that doesn’t seem to be the case here, which is really unfortunate,” Republican strategist Jeanette Hoffman said on Fox and Friends.
“The politics of the school system are some of the most disgusting politics that you see. Unfortunately kids aren’t immune to this,” Democratic strategist Bill Caruso said. “His support for whomever he believes in in his political world, provided that he is doing it in a respectful manner and abiding by the rules of the school, should have no bearing on anything that is going on with him professionally.”