By: Megan Marcum, Contributing Writer
On Thursday, August 29, 2019, the CHS National Honor Society had their 2019-2020 chapter initiation. NHS honored students who have met the requirements in areas such as service, leadership, scholarship and character.
This year NHS initiated a total of 38 students: 31 juniors and 7 seniors. The following juniors were inducted this year: Schyler Angell, Presli Barnes, Mariah Barr, Seth Beard, Erika Benson, Kile Chitwood, Aleigha Dollens, Sayler Eastin, Gabi Exendine, Kalin Finlay, Christina Gronefeld, Jenna Hasekamp, Carter Hawkins, Chris Heimann, Ella Holiman, Lance Hudson, Sam Lynn, Maggie Maenner, Delaney Mast, Joella Melegrito, Tianna Pace, Roston Palmer, Destiny Ridenhower, Abbie Ross, Khader Saleh, Lauren Sanders, Cody Smith, Lily Stidham, Clayton Thomas, Kylee Walters and Mikeala Woodward. This year’s seniors include Nicholas Brooks, Zoe Davis, Jake Freidel, Grace Hoffman, Hunter King, Brady Oligschlaeger and Hannah Pendergrast.
Erin Higginson, one of the high school math teachers, and Danielle Bennett, the high school librarian and Electronic Journalism teacher, are this year’s chapter sponsors. Students benefit from being in NHS a great deal. Chapter sponsor Mrs. Higginson said, “I hope members will gain leadership skills through the activities we do, learn and appreciate the value in community service and gain connections that will assist them in their future endeavors.”
The Centralia High School NHS chapter has been active since 1958. Each year the chapter sponsors several service projects for the school and community. In the last few years, these projects have included Red Cross blood drives, making and delivering fruit plates to senior citizens on Thanksgiving and making and delivering Valentine’s cards to senior citizens.
The National Honor Society ranks as one of the oldest and most prestigious national organizations for high school students. There are chapters in more than 16,000 high schools and, since 1921, millions of students have been selected for membership. Millions of dollars in scholarships have been awarded to senior members since 1945 by the sponsoring organization, the National Association of Secondary School Principals.