TUPPERS PLAINS — Fourteen new members were inducted into the Eastern National Honor Society during Tuesday morning’s induction ceremony.
Prior to the induction of the new members, historian Marshall Aanestad gave a brief history of the National Honor Society and the Eastern High School Chapter.
“The National Honor Society is the nation’s premier organization established to recognize outstanding high school students. More than just an honor roll, National Honor Society serves to honor those students who have demonstrated excellence in the areas of Scholarship, Leadership, Service, and Character. These characteristics have been associated with membership in the organization since it’s beginning in 1921. Each year an induction ceremony is held to acknowledge certain students from the school.”
“Started in 1964, this is the 49th anniversary of Eastern High School’s chapter of the National Honor Society. Membership in the National Honor Society has been earned by the effective demonstration of the four qualities of Scholarship, Leadership, Service, and Character. Each nominee has applied for evaluation of these qualities by the five member Faculty Council that represents the staff of Eastern High School.”
National Honor Society members then highlighted the four characteristics demonstrated by National Honor Society members.
Scholarship means a commitment to learning. Candidates have the charge to continually expand their world through the opportunities inherent in scholarship. To be nominated for the Eastern High School Chapter of the National Honor Society one must maintain a 3.5 GPA.
Leadership should exert a wholesome influence on the school. In taking the initiative in class and other school activities, the real leader strives to train and aid others to attain the same objective. Leadership is always needed and is thus an essential charge to each of our members and to the candidates.
Service can be expressed in various ways. In the routine of the day’s work, many opportunities arise to help others. Recognition for the benefits of those in need is the quality we seek in our membership.
The Eastern High School chapter of the National Honor Society has participated in a variety of service projects throughout the years such as, delivering Christmas cookies; the Angel Tree program; Christmas shoe boxes; Cooperative Parish food distribution; Chester Courthouse dinner; junior high assembly for tobacco awareness; Easter at Arcadia; and Jump Rope for Heart.
Character is the force within each individual which distinguishes that person from others. It gives each one individuality and personality. Without character no one can respect oneself, nor hope to attain the respect of others. It is this force of character which guides one through life and, when once developed, grows steadily. Character is achieved and not received. It is the product of constant action, daily striving to make the right choice. The problem of character is the problem of self-control.
New members were then inducted through tapping by the senior members.
Those inducted to the Eastern High School National Honor Society were, Alex Amos, Garrett Ritchie, Katie Keller, Paige Cline, Samantha Cline, Erin Swatzel, Jenna Burdette, Maddie Rigsby, Lindsey Wolfe, Molly Dunlap, Cassidy Cleland, Zackary Scowden, Kendra Fick, and Chase Cook.