More than two dozen John C. Birdlebough High School students were recently inducted into the National Honor Society, the nation’s premier organization established to recognize outstanding high school students.
Recognized for exemplifying service, scholarship, leadership and character, 34 students proudly accepted the honor of being into the National Honor Society before a packed crowd of family members and friends.
“I would like to welcome and congratulate all the new members,” said National Honor Society Adviser Angela Niess. “Parents, you must be so proud of their amazing accomplishments and the sacrifices they have made.”
Niess noted that the new honorees are expected to join current members in helping service the community through several volunteer initiatives.
According to Niess, members help organize a variety of activities throughout the year, including blood drives, community cleanups and providing for food pantries.
In an uplifting message delivered by keynote speaker Gene Mills, a JCB physical education teacher, he noted the importance of the new honorees utilizing their membership to help others in need.
“You need to give everything you have, and then give some more,” Mills explained. “Attitude is everything and I don’t want anyone to cheat themselves. Just be true to yourselves and help others.”
With the words of encouragement from the speakers, the inductees took to the stage to receive a pin handed out by Superintendent Judy Belfield signifying their membership.
The ceremony concluded with Principal Greg Molloy noting that the number of honorees in the class, 34, was more than any other class he could remember.
“Thirty-four members are inducted this year. I think that’s a record,” Molloy said. “Twenty-four to 25 seems to be the average, so this is a very special group of honorees.”