National Honor Society 2014 Induction

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Education and learning are two principles that are important to many students. One way to acknowledge this is to work hard and be accepted to a group that expresses those principles. Such a group is the National Honor Society, where on March 18th four seniors and twelve juniors shone bright as the newest inductees.

The inductees all had a 3.0 GPA or higher and are active members in the community. The four senior inductees were Kaleb Pickens, Jordan Rutecki, Ana Sanor, and Austin Trapp. They all were chosen because of their GPAs, their service to the community, and for being all around good role models. The juniors were Jenna Bartholomew, Quinlan Ferrier, Brittney Haynes, Logan Kress, Clay McCullough, Landri Moore, Michael Phillips, Vanessa Restifo, Kyrstan Rose, David Stryffeler, Noah Sturgeon, and Skylar Wiggers.

This year, the induction ceremony was held in the school auditorium. Friends and family of the present and newest members were proud to witness the event. Carmen Phillips gave the opening remarks, informing everyone about the purpose of the NHS and giving thanks for their attendance. One by one, the students were called from the audience to accept their mock stoles (a laminated NHS logo attached to blue string) and candles. They sat and watched Mileena Cook, Haley Howe, Payden Chapman, and Holly Graham light the candles for their respective areas of ceremony: Scholarship, Service, Leadership, and Character. These four areas are the most important aspect of the National Honor Society, and its goal is to instill these qualities in each of its members.

After the NHS candles were lit,  Catherine Grimes and Brandon Haldiman lit the candle of the first person in the two rows of new inductees. They lit each other’s candles until all were aflame. Carmen Phillips then led everyone in reciting the National Honor Society Pledge. After Principal Mr. Joe Siefke gave the closing remarks and the candles were blown out, some members and their families retired to the cafeteria to enjoy cake and punch.

All in all, the ceremony went quite well. Congratulations to the new inductees and the current members who will be graduating this year. Best of luck in your future endeavors.