The Chester High School Summit Chapter of the National Honor Society inducted 16 new members on March 24.
NHS Officers Shea Petrowske, Elizabeth Soellner, Carlee Weir and Lauryn Vasquez conducted the induction ceremony with the assistance and direction of Chapter Adviser Sophia Durbin and CHS School Counselor Adam Guebert.
"For current members and those former NHS members who may be among our guests today, we hope that this ceremony will serve to remind you of the standards of excellence with which you too are charged with maintaining as members of the nation's oldest, largest, and most prestigious student recognition program," Guebert said.
Chester High School began indicting members into the National Honor Society in 1958.
Members of the Summit Chapter of NHS at Chester High School serve as role models for other students in the community throughout the year. Via not only strong academic emphasis, but including emphasis on leadership, service to the community and school, and exhibiting good character, NHS members stand strong and true among students throughout the region, the country and the world.
The afternoon ceremony began with a procession of current NHS members and inductee candidates to music as parents, family, friends, and CHS administrators watched. Following Mr. Guebert's welcome, Mrs. Durbin introduced the 2018-19 officers of NHS and began a presentation of the four pillars of NHS.
The four officers stepped forward in order, to discuss the importance of the four pillars including President Petrowske who explained the pillar of "Scholarship"; Vice President Soellner who explained the pillar of "Service"; Secretary Weir who explained the pillar of "Leadership" and Treasurer Vasquez who explained the pillar of "Character".
Principal Melissa Meyer also addressed the audience and welcomed the inductee candidates to the ceremony.
Mrs. Durbin announced that this year the NHS would begin a new tradition at CHS with the members signing an Official membership register upon induction. Another new tradition would be the gift of gold chords to senior members of NHS that they would both wear on their gowns at graduation and be able to keep after graduation.
Durbin said, "This year the Summit Chapter of the National Honor Society is starting a few new traditions. First, the Class of 2019 will be the first graduating class to wear gold cords as part of their graduation regalia. Unlike the stoles of the past, the NHS graduates will be able to keep their cords to help them remember their dedication to Scholarship, Service, Leadership, and Character."
"We will also be recording our membership in an Official Register. The inductee Class of 2019 will be the first to begin this new tradition. After they are inducted today they will sign the register. Right now, would all of the veteran members please come forward to sign the register as your names are called?"
The first signees of the newly adopted Membership Register included the 26 veteran members who were inducted in 2017 and 2018. That group included Drake Bollman, Jakob Cushman, Caitlin Elsea, Brooke Frazer, Stevie Gilbert, Kaleb Hughes, Owen Korando, Shea Petrowske, Elizabeth Soellner, Carlee Weir, Kamryn Wingerter, and Jacob Wingerter.
Other veteran members included Amira Al-Jassim, Chett Andrews, Jenna Bierman, Adeline Blechle, Andrew Bryant, Jessica Handel, Taylor Hennrich, Audrey Hopper, Ashtyn Jany, Grace Stec, Lauren Vasquez, Mallary Vasquez, and Destiny Williams.
CHS lost a veteran NHS member last summer to a fatal car crash. At the beginning of the ceremony there was a moment of silence in memory of Kara Knop.
President Shea Petrowske took the floor and began the induction ceremony for 2019. Petrowske asked the candidates to please stand and raise their right hands after which they would repeat the NHS Pledge.
Petrowske read the pledge as follows, "I pledge to uphold the high purposes of the National Honor Society to which I have been selected. I will be true to the principles for which it stands, and will remain and encourage the high standards of Scholarship, Service, Leadership, and Character."
Following the pledge, each new inductee came forward to receive his or her token of membership and to sign the official register.
The 16 new inductees included Cara Childs, daughter of Mindy and Bryan Childs; Peyton Clendenin, daughter of Roger and Eleanor Clendenin; Melody Colonel, daughter of Steve and Sue Colonel; Lydia Heck, daughter of Scott and Kyra Heck; Nathaniel Heffernan, son of Joan and Michael Heffernan; Kennedy Herrell, daughter of Jeff and Alisa Herrell; Josie Kattenbraker, daughter of Phil and Shannon Kattenbraker; and Lily Koch, daughter of John and Marria Koch.
The final eight inductees included Lauren Leathers, daughter of Marsha Leathers; Sylena Martin, daughter of Letosha McNeal and Demetrius Martin; Alana Meyer, daughter of Ron and Sue Meyer; Ryn Petrowske, daughter of Ryan and Joby Petrowske; Avery Runge, daughter of Farah Runge and Aaron Runge; Jaci South, daughter of Jana and Jerry South; Brianna Surman, daughter of Mark and Tammy Surman; and Alison Venus, daughter of Cassie and Henry Venus.
To close the ceremony, President Petrowske thanked advisers Sophia Durbin and Adam Guebert and the Summit Chapter Officers for their hard work in organizing this year's induction ceremony.
She then thanked everyone in attendance for coming to the ceremony and asked for one final round of applause for the 16-member inductee class of 2019. Guests and all NHS members were then invited at stay for a reception in honor of the inductees.