S.H.S. holds its National Honor Society induction


Junior Avery VanOosten poses with her National Honor Society induction paper. The NHS ceremony is held every fall.

  National Honor Society is a club that invites juniors and seniors to apply based on their grades. Upperclassmen with at least a 3.0 GPA are sent an email with information about NHS in September.

  Students fill out an application with questions about their academic standings and involvement in extracurriculars. These applications are then reviewed by NHS supervisor Chris Browne. Students are notified via email if they are accepted.

  NHS members are required to commit at least two hours of community service a month. Community service may be done wherever the member chooses, but Browne shares volunteer opportunities with them. Many members choose to volunteer by working concession stands during school sporting events.

  NHS members are expected to continuously meet all club requirements. Members must maintain good grades and attendance in addition to serving community service hours.

  Sterling High School hosts a NHS induction ceremony every year to welcome incoming members. This year’s ceremony was held on November 15th. Incoming members were encouraged to have their parents attend. 

  Current NHS members were also invited to attend this ceremony. Browne chose NHS members to give speeches during this ceremony. Seniors Hunter Lofgren, Kathryn Rowzee, Makayla Wolfe, and Megan Gingirch spoke at this year’s induction ceremony.

  Gingrich, Lofgren, Rowzee, and Wolfe discussed the four virtues of the NHS: character, leadership, scholarship, and service. These seniors wrote and presented speeches that defined these virtues. 

  During this ceremony, new members were presented. These members and the audience listened to statements made by Browne and current members. Incoming member junior Rhylee Wade felt as though the ceremony was “a very interesting experience especially how it was all set up.”

  Each new member was announced and given a certificate. Inductees then lit candles, recited a pledge, and walked out past their parents. After this ceremony snacks and refreshments were served.

  The purpose of this ceremony is to honor new members for their high academic achievements. Students are congratulated for the dedication, while their parents are thanked for supporting their children.