Friday, March 15, 2013

Honors recognized at National Honor Society ceremony

By: Jared Casto

   Being inducted into National Honor Society is one of the greatest accomplishments any student can achieve. Each year, many are considered for acceptance but only a select few are chosen.  National Honor Society members take part in activities such as Adopt-a-Family, fundraisers, and the Ripley High School blood drive. It is an honor to even be considered for induction, but being accepted is something to truly be proud of.
   The National Honor Society induction ceremony was held March 6. At this ceremony, Principal Will Hosaflook spoke about the importance and honor held inside of the Society that will be bestowed upon the new elected members. Afterwards, officers of the club including Seniors Andy Mellert, Michalia Parsons, Chad Longanacre, Tyler Bailey, and Ashley Donohew  talked about the requirements of those in the Society and what exactly it means to be a member. Assistant Principal Jeff Banton then followed by announcing the new inductees.
   New inductees include Elijah Adkins, Savanna Ashworth, Megan Bare, Kensey Bergdorf, Kaitlin Chinn, Kelsey Frampton, Jenny Gibbs, Erica Gibson, Chelsey Hager, Brittani Hancock, Dallas Hopkins, Caleb Jennings, Jarah Manns, Tegan Morris, Braxton Morrison, Kelli Poling, Anna Robinson, Alex Shamblin, Brandon Tolley, Nathan Tucker, Kacie Whitney, Sarah Williams, and Laura Wilson.
   NHS advisor Elizabeth Sayre explained the requirements for induction: “The national standards for admittance to Honor Society are so high, it is truly an honor to be inducted. Students must display not only a high grade point, but be leaders in the areas of character and service.”
   Requirements for being accepted include a 3.6 GPA and participation in service, character, and leadership areas. Initial consideration just requires the GPA, but to be elected you must be a well-rounded student. Students with a the applicable GPA will be sent applications where they detail their accomplishments in each of the three categories above. Teachers are sent ratings forms for each student on which they will rank the student according the service, character, and leadership categories. Those score are then averaged, added with the GPA, and divided by six. 

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