HANNIBAL – Eighteen Hannibal High School students were recently recognized for excelling in the classroom and in the community, as they were inducted into the National Honor Society.
“We’re recognizing students who have attributes we look for in our future leaders and productive citizens,” said HCSD Interim Superintendent Pete Backus. “You lead by example. As a leader, you’re important to us because of the impact you have had on your school and community.”
Some of the inductees’ contributions include coordinating blood drives, working with local youth, volunteering for various nonprofit agencies and organizations, and delivering gifts through the Christmas Bureau.
According to Hannibal High School Principal Stephen Dunn, who served as guest speaker for the ceremony, these service efforts and academic successes have differentiated the inductees from others.
“You serve as excellent examples and we’re proud of you,” Dunn said, noting that the inductees also faced additional responsibilities in their role as leaders. “With great power comes great responsibility, and I challenge you to honor the purpose of the National Honor Society.”
One by one, the inductees accepted that challenge as they lit candles and recited the NHS oath to signify their membership into the organization.
The 18 students who vowed to continue exhibiting character, leadership, scholarship and service were:
Sydney Alton, Jordan April, William Bullock, Callie Cacchione, Taber Carter, Samantha Eddy, Abigail Harrell, Caitlyn Kerst, Justine Marsh, Katherine Martinez-Munoz, Jared Mason, Kirsten Modery, Taylor Oleyourryk, Makenzie Parkhurst, Austin Quaile, Taylor Quick, Vanessa Waldron and Andrew Wheeler.