The Sandy Creek Carpe Diem Chapter of the National Honor Society recently inducted 18 new members at a New Member Induction Ceremony held in the high school auditorium.
Sandy Creek Superintendent Stewart Amell welcomed the very special inductees who he said had met challenging standards in character, leadership, service and scholarship, calling them examples of hard work and dedication.
NHS advisor Casey Vallance explained that membership in the NHS is a privilege and not a right, pointing out that the organization was established to recognize more than outstanding academics, but also places emphasis on character, service and leadership qualities for membership selection.
Current NHS members explained the four principles in a candle-lighting portion of the ceremony before Chapter President Justin Haskins recited the NHS Oath with the new inductees. As each new inductee was announced they came forward to be congratulated by Amell, Principal Maureen Shiel, and Board of Education members before lighting their candle with the four flames representing the four principles of NHS.
The following students were inducted into the Carpe Diem Chapter of the National Honor Society: William Benedict, Zachery Brown, Kristopher Burgmeier, Madison Bush, Gabriella Guarasce, Kylie Hanni, Molly Horth, Valarie Kampff, Kylee Martin, Michaela Martin, Courtney Plumley, Kerrie Ridgeway, Elizabeth Sedore, Karrina Snyder, Clarice Thibault, Brittany Valley, Hannah Walker, and Grace Wallace. They join current members Isabel Bray, Chelsea Claflin, Mitchell Garvin, Toni Gray, Justin Haskins, Olivia Ivison, Jesse Ladd, Mackenzie Laveck, Ashley McNitt, Cori Pandolfi, Ashley Taplin and Tyler VanRy.
Sandy Creek High School Principal Maureen Shiel spoke to the students about the four principles and expectations that come with NHS membership, saying scholarship is not just getting A’s and that leadership is about good choices and setting a good example for the younger students in the school.
Community service requirements for NHS are in addition to the community service requirements for graduation and she spoke about some of the projects that NHS has already been involved in so far this year including a recent blood drive and a gift wrap/food box project held earlier in the day for needy families in the area.
She also talked about the importance of good character and how NHS members have the opportunity to be real change elements in the school. She finished by encouraging the students to “stay focused, continue to be smart and make the right choices.”
For more information about National Honor Society or upcoming community service activities, contact NHS advisor Casey Vallance at the high school at 387-3445.