by Angie Asam-Staff Writer
The Onaway High School chapter of the National Honor Society (NHS) inducted 12 new members Tuesday evening.
NHS advisor Kymberli Wregglesworth welcomed students, parents, grandparents and other guests to the induction ceremony quoting Mohandas K. Ghandi “The best way to find yourself is to lose yourself in the service of others.” Wregglesworth spoke about service, leadership, scholarship and character, the values of the NHS, before introducing board members to further discuss those values as they lit the candles for each value.
Following all the readings each new inductee was asked to come forward and sign the official book of record and light their own torch.
NHS was established in 1921 and it is one of the nation’s premier organizations established to recognize outstanding high school students. More than just an honor roll, NHS serves to honor those students who have demonstrated excellence in the areas of scholarship, leadership, service and character.
NHS chapters are found in all 50 states, the District of Columbia, Puerto Rico, many U.S. Territories, and Canada. Chapter membership not only recognizes students for their accomplishments, but challenges them to develop further through active involvement in school activities and community service.
In 1921, the National Association of Secondary School Principals (NASSP) officially established the National Honor Society. Though many local and regional honor societies existed prior to 1921, no nationwide organization had been founded. Under the leadership of Dr. Edward Rynearson, principal of the Fifth Avenue High School, Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, the organization grew from the original Alpha Chapter at the Fifth Avenue School to more than 1,000 chapters by 1930.
Equipped with a constitution, an emblem and motto, and a group of dedicated principals as coordinators, the new NHS organization quickly developed into one of the country’s leading educational groups.
Four main purposes have guided chapters of NHS from the beginning: “To create enthusiasm for scholarship, to stimulate a desire to render service, to promote leadership and to develop character in the students of secondary schools.” (from the NHS constitution) These purposes also translate into the criteria used for membership selection in each local chapter.
Onaway High School is proud to have a chapter of the prestigious organization with 35 strong members. Newly inducted members are sophomores Victoria Anglin, Elise Arkwood, Shyanne Corey, Brianna Fitzpatrick, Kristy Hopp, Danielle Hosner and Joe Traynham; juniors Christian Cleaver, Lindsey LaLonde, Denise Porter and Tiffany Traynham; and senior Lisa Tulgestke.