Accompanied by their supporters, a select group of juniors and seniors gathered at Shawano High on Sunday, December 17 to celebrate the induction of the new National Honor Society members. Fourteen new members joined the club on Sunday, five of them being seniors and the remaining nine, juniors.
The small banquet was organized by the second-year members, along with Mrs. Sienna Eimmerman, the NHS advisor. While previous ceremonies have not included a meal, the seniors of the club thought it would create a more celebratory atmosphere for the new members and their families.
Senior Hannah Hass, Secretary of NHS said, “In the past they would have the guest speaker give the speech and then list the inductees and give them their pins. There wasn’t a meal but people brought desserts for afterwards.”
Dr. Derek Johnson served as the keynote speaker for this year’s induction. Johnson touched on the themes of the four pillars of NHS: character, scholarship, leadership and service. The majority of his speech, however, was focused on the importance of scholarship, regardless of age, adversity, or background. Johnson concluded with tips for the members of this high honors society.
Although the notion that NHS membership is based solely off of academic achievement is popular among non-members, this is not true. In order to be invited into the club, potential members must have a minimum GPA of 3.5, but beyond that point scholastic achievement is not evaluated. Students must complete an application proving their character, service and leadership.
“After we hand in our applications, we have to write a timed essay on one of the pillars of NHS,” explained new inductee, junior Lindsey Roloff.
A faculty committee reviews the applications and essays and makes the final decision on which students will be inducted.
“I was really happy but also a little bit surprised when I found out I got in. There were so many people with all different skill sets so I was very happy and honored that I was accepted,” shared junior Chris Parker.
NHS is known for building strong leaders in school, but this club also gives them tools and opportunities to use those leadership skills throughout society.
Junior Chris Black said, “I hope to bring some leadership qualities to the club. I want to get activities out there for people to do and also just boost the image of the club.”
In addition to leadership, community service is the most emphasized facet for this group of students, thus why it is not uncommon for students involved in this club to be ambitious in the pursuit of helping others.
Parker shared, “NHS will help me for college, obviously, but I also hope that I’d be able to help other people in the community through NHS. I just hope to better everything, the best I can.”
Yet another round of applying and selecting has passed, and it is unmistakable that this twenty-four person group will achieve great things in the present and the future.
“I think that it is a true honor and privilege to be in NHS, and [these students] deserve to have some recognition and be honored for their effectiveness,” remarked Mrs. Eimmerman.