Each school year, in front of an audience of family, friends, and school district staff members, Big Walnut High School students hold an impressive National Honor Society Induction Ceremony.
Even more impressive were the numbers of new Big Walnut students inducted during this year’s (Tuesday, April 25), NHS Induction Ceremony — 60 new members were added to Big Walnut’s NHS chapter.
During his opening remarks Big Walnut High School Principal Andy Jados called the induction ceremony one of his favorite nights of the year, and acknowledged that the student’s parents have been a large part of their success.
Keynote speaker Alfred Yates, a 2009 Big Walnut graduate and National Honor Society member, cautioned the inductees to remain humble as they move forward with their lives — before adding that his Class of 2009 is one of the best classes that ever graduated from Big Walnut.
“Seriously, the contacts you make here and will continue to make will last you a lifetime,” Yates said. “There are four achievements that are needed to become a member of the National Honor Society — Scholarship, Service, Leadership, and Character. But leadership, if you do that effectively you can’t do it without doing the others.”
Yates said a leader is always trying to define leadership, and that the new NHS inductees have the ability to be a leader anywhere, everywhere, and without a title.
“Success is a way of influencing and bringing people together,” Yates said. “People remember you not because of what you do, but how you make them feel. When you do service it’s not really about the action you’re doing, it’s about how you’re making other people around you feel about themselves.”
Yates advised the students to keep curiosity and excitement alive as they continue in their education.
“When something excites you, you will accomplish it if you have curiosity,” Yates said. “You can change the world, but don’t ever lose your curiosity. You’re here today because of your curiosity.”
The 2017 inductees into the Big Walnut High School Chapter of the National Honor Society are: Gabrielle Nicole Adair, Devon Edward Bingman, Rebecca Sara Bogantz, Maria Kathleen Boyer, Victoria Mae Buxton, Kenneth Allyn Ciallella, Kayleigh Anne Cummins, Mary Loraine Dimitroff, Michael Channing Ford, Emma Catherine Gebele, Charles Reed Geddis, Jarod Alan George, Katherine Ruth Germann, Arianna Margaret Goodrich, Caroline Marie Gose, Niklas Drake Iezzi, Madison Ann Kasper, Macie Monell Kercsmar, Alexandria Lynn Kirkpatrick, Matthew Paul Kirsch, Michael Christopher Kline, Anna Elise Klingensmith, Henry David LeMaster, Rose Ellen Lumney, Aaliyah Jane Mabe, Alexander Thomas Marvin, Jonathan James McLean, Katelyn Leigh Moreno, Brandon Ronald Mosher, Victoria Aleksis Murnieks, Claire Oglesbee, Meredith Grace Oliva, Emma Ann Padgett, Sydney Lane Parker, Madison Jean Pisano, Andrew James Pohlod, Jillian Elizabeth Pratt, Alison Taylor Pugh, Donovan Patrick Pugh, Mya Joy Rasar, Michael Andrew Reardon, Zachary Philip Rines, Jason Robert Ryan, Patrick Samuel Ryan, Lauren Susanne Schnipke, Bailey Hunter Schull, Emma Grace Schwinne, Briauna Morgan Smith, Daniel Emerson Smith, Noah Gabriel Sprowls, John Patrick Sutton, Madalyn Ransom Swank, Alexandra Renee Tornes, Giavanna Olivia Viola, Stacey Lynn Walters, Hailey Elizabeth Wauben, Colin Young White, Alexandra Marie Williams, Chloe Lynn Willison, Olivia Grace Wince.
The National Honor Society, founded in 1921 by the National Association of Secondary School Principals, is a worldwide organization based in Reston, Virginia, and consists of chapters in high schools serving grades 9 through 12, with selection based on four criteria: service, leadership, scholarship and character.
Typically, NHS members belong to chapters that operate independently of the national offices. While not always the case, such chapters are based in middle and secondary schools and maintain their own invitation and induction criteria for membership at that school.
National Honor Society groups are commonly active in community service both in the community and at the school. Many chapters maintain a requirement for participation in service activities.
In addition, NHS chapters typically elect officers, who, under the supervision of a chapter advisor, coordinate and manage the chapter as a student organization.
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