Chapter sponsor Lori Bowman extended congratulations to those recognized, probably the largest single group ever inducted into the chapter. She pointed out selection is based not only on academics, but also on character, leadership and service to the community.
The induction ceremony itself followed the traditional candle lighting format. Chapter President Megan Aleshire explained the history of the National Honor Society, organizing in 1921 and growing to more than 12,500 chapters in the U.S. and abroad.
As each of the candles were lit, a description was read of the quality recognized and its significance. Aleshire characterized the Eternal Light of Knowledge, the central candle from which all others were lit, as the necessary wellspring for the other attributes, adding, "We look toward the eternal light of knowledge to illuminate the way on our journey through life."
Alysia Phelps, chapter vice president, spoke about scholarship as the commitment to learning, gaining the lasting benefits of a cultivated mind.
"We should continue to learn even when formal education has ended, for education ends only with the end of life. Candidates have the charge to continually expand their world through the opportunities inherent in scholarship," Phelps said.
Leah Fellwock, chapter treasurer, spoke of service, the various forms it can take, and the organization's search for those who share a willingness to work for the benefit of those in need, without seeking compensation.
"We are committed to the idea of volunteering our time and abilities to the creation of a better tomorrow," Fellwock said.
Leadership was addressed by Erin Daugherty, chapter secretary. Described as taking initiative in class and school activities, leadership offers direction that stimulates others to attain the same objectives.
"A leader has self-confidence and will go forward when others hesitate. Leadership is always needed; thus, to lead is a substantive charge to each of our members," Daugherty, said.
Lastly, Denae Beckett, chapter historian, spoke of character, the trait that provides individuality and guidance through life.
"Character is achieved and not received," said Beckett. "It is the product of constant action, daily striving to make the right choice." she said. Beckett urged shaping character through exercising respect, responsibility, trustworthiness, fairness, caring and citizenship.
Each of the inductees came forward, lit a candle from the Eternal Light of Knowledge and together took a pledge to maintain scholatic standing, keep an untarnished character, be a leader, and give freely in service, thus proving one's worthiness in the National Honor Society.
At the conclusion of the induction ceremony, a reception was held in the inductees' honor, attended by friends and family present for the ceremony.