By Gini Davis – The Creswell Chronicle
Fourteen Creswell High School sophomores and three juniors were inducted into the National Honor Society during an induction ceremony held May 22 in the CHS commons.
The new inductees are: sophomores Hannah Bettis, Natalie Campbell, Katie Culp, Freya DeMasters, Hallie Drago, Jessica Ellison, Claire Gosslee, Aubrie Hatch, Morgan Janshen, Kelsey Kuhnhausen, Jade Ledgerwood, Isabella Ramirez, Andrew Spriggs and McKenzie Traetow; and juniors Kaylee Cunningham, Hannah Hart and Anna Mercer.
Conducting the ceremony were current NHS members Leah Murphy, Zach Culp, Aleesha Fox, Lexi McCrory, Blake Nelson, Ben Vaughn and Cassie Cunningham. All are juniors who were inducted during their sophomore year – the first year of NHS eligibility.
Adam Watkins, who was recently hired as the new CHS principal, was the featured guest speaker.
“If you can dream it, you can do it,” Watkins told students. He said that while occasional failure is inevitable, by not giving up or quitting, we can learn from our failures.
During the ceremony, current CHS members of the NHS took turns describing the four pillars of NHS core values (Scholarship, Leadership, Service/Citizenship and Character) and lighting candles for each one.
At CHS, students meet the Scholarship requirement by maintaining a cumulative GPA of 3.00 or better (a B average).
Nationally and at CHS, the Leadership standard is met by demonstrating resourcefulness and problem solving, promoting school activities, contributing ideas, being dependable and a positive attitude in school and/or community activities.
Students meet the Service/Citizenship requirement through voluntary contributions to their school and/or community, made without compensation and with a positive, courteous and enthusiastic spirit.
The Citizenship standard is satisfied by students who understand the importance of civic involvement; have a high regard for freedom, justice and democracy; and demonstrate mature participation and responsibility through involvement with activities as Scouting, community organizations and school clubs.
The Character principle is demonstrated by students who uphold principles of morality and ethics; are cooperative; demonstrate high standards of honesty and reliability; show courtesy, concern and respect for others; and maintain a good and clean lifestyle.
Each year, eligible incoming juniors and seniors are invited to attend an informational meeting. Students interested in being considered for NHS membership then complete an application and document their service and activity hours.
A council of faculty members evaluates eligible candidates’ merits and selects that year’s inductees.
Once inducted, NHS members are expected to maintain their high GPA and to take part in NHS service projects.