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Monett NHS inducts 39 new members

Wednesday, March 17, 2010

New members of the National Honor Society at Monett High School were inducted in ceremonies on Tuesday. Shown, front row from left, are: Desiree Aceves, Anna Arnaud, Jesse Arndt, Chelsea Ash, Dedre Beckett, Brooke Beckwith, Mikayla Bennett and Sarah Cuendet. Second row: Andres DeLeon, Jacques DuPlessis, Garrett Dutton, Charity Evans, Jenny Frazier, Melissa Gaspar and Rhianna Gregg. Third row: Cameren Hawkins, Rebecca Jones, Brandon Klick, Aubrey LaGarce, Hannah Martin, Marcus McCaffrey, Amanda McKinney and Karsyn Meeks. Fourth row: Abraham Mejia, Danielle Neill, Samantha Nielsen, Alonzo Perez, Carrie Robbins, Alyssa Schliem, Lauren Sebastian and Drew Sligar. Fifth row: Katelyn Sperandio, Kerry Tinklepaugh, Christopher Trout, Abbie VanNice, LeAnn Verhoff, Taylor Wiseman, Douglas Witt and Timothy Younker. [Times Photo by Murray Bishoff]
Induction ceremonies for the National Honor Society were held on March 9 at Monett High School. A total of 39 students, recognized for academic and citizenship accomplishments, joined the organization.

The 43 chapter members inducted last year were on hand to greet the new members. Faculty sponsor Lori Bowman welcomed the crowd of well-wishers gathered in the high school commons for the event.

Chapter officers led the induction ceremony.

Beau Bounous spoke about the procedure for the induction ceremony. Each candidate was given a candle to light from a larger candle symbolizing the Light of Knowledge.

"Knowledge is the representation of the full potential that we strive for throughout our lives," Bounous said.

Students accepted into the National Honor Society were chosen for demonstrating qualities of scholarship, leadership, service and character. Sara Hammond described scholarship as the commitment to learning, which provides insight into the past and present and allows speculation about the future.

"A leader," continued Haley LaGarce, "has self-confidence, goes forward when other people hesitate and also strives to help others reach their full potential. A real leader always sets a good example for others to follow."

Chelsey Abramovitz described service as helping others and a willingness to work for the benefit of others without thought of compensation. Service can range from little things like picking up discarded paper to participating in community organizations.

"Having character means having respect for oneself and for others. It is achieved and not received and is the product of striving to always make the right decision," concluded Sarah Edwards.

Bowman read the names of each candidate, who stepped forward and lit a ceremonial candle. Once all the students had walked across the stage, Bounous led all of the present and incoming chapter members in reading the organization's pledge.

As the ceremony closed, Bowman said she was proud of the students and the tradition of excellence they have followed. By exhibiting exemplary qualities that their peers have recognized, the inductees had taken advantage of opportunities to achieve.

A reception followed in honor of the inductees.

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