HANNIBAL – The Hannibal High School chapter of the National Honor Society doubled in size recently as 17 new members were inducted into the prestigious organization.
Inductees were celebrated by an audience of their peers, teachers and family members who gathered in the Lockwood Auditorium for the ceremony welcoming them into the Sadie Adamy chapter of NHS.
“It’s a true privilege to be their teacher,” said NHS co-adviser Carol Burch. “They are wonderful people and contribute so much to our school and community.”
Current NHS members noted the importance of serving as role models to other students.
They said being inducted into the organization was not only because they “got good grades.”
Members reiterated the importance of exhibiting scholarship, leadership, service, citizenship and character.
The new inductees all have those traits, said NHS co-adviser Lisa Mason, as she explained the strict membership criteria.
They had to achieve a weighted average of 90 or above to even apply for membership, she said.
If the students met the academic criteria, their applications were reviewed by a panel who also took into consideration volunteer work and overall character.
“You all have characteristics that inspire us,” Superintendent Christopher Staats said to the NHS members. “I see your interactions with one another and I’m proud of you. You made this happen. There’s an entire generation looking up to you, and I’m so proud.”
The inductees included seniors Lacee Howland, Connor McNeil and Abagail Weldin.
Junior class inductees were Kiersten Abbott, Jeffrey Barnhart, Derek Cuyler, Taylor Felber, Emily Goodman, Haley Goodman, SIerrah Haas, Rebecca Hall, Eliana Horning, Abigail Kyle, Kiersten Lathrop, Madison LeVea, Katie Pitcher and Lindsay Zaleski.