NHS inducts new members

Jacob Lane · Wednesday, March 15, 2017
The McVay Chapter of the National Honor Society (NHS) met Thursday, March 9, in the West Liberty High School to induct new members.

West Liberty NHS Director Deborah Weiss recognized area students that have demonstrated a willingness to lead and perform at a high level.

The local Jerry McVay Chapter was established in 1958 in West Liberty, making 2017 its 59th year of initiating new members.

Accordingly, a little under 30 new students were asked to join the academic excellence and service orientated group, bringing its total membership to around 50.

“Membership in this society places these students among the elite in the nation,” said Representative of the Lion’s Club Tom Brown.

The National Honor Society was created in 1921, it’s estimated that more than a million students from all 50 states and territories of the United States participate.

The West Liberty Lion’s Club and Rotary Club help sponsor NHS in the community, including its annual induction ceremony and reception. Marian Hart represented the Rotary Club.

With help from Chapter President Belinda Heckman, members Luz Martinez, Gracie Danner, Emma Melick and Haddie Anderson lit four candles that represented key aspects of NHS:

Character, scholarship, leadership and service.

“You have been selected to one of the most highly recognized organizations that you can be a member of during high school,” said NHS President Heckman. “Each candle represents a special quality you have demonstrated.”

After the induction and recognition of members, Dr. Naomi DeWinter, President of Muscatine Community College, addressed the students, their parents and the crowd.

“I think it’s important to push myself and yourself out of your comfort zone in whatever way you can,” she said.

MCC President DeWinter talked about her own story about growing up in Germany and how that pushed her to succeed, in fact, there is a benefit to being uncomfortable.

“The world is filled with complex problems and challenges,” she said. “To solve those, to find a cure for cancer, to use virtual reality to save lives, to work on global warming, it will take a team of well-rounded individuals.”

“So tonight I congratulate you on reaching this proud moment in your life,” she added, “May you continue in scholarship, service, character and leadership.”

The NHS Induction Ceremony and Reception was followed by cake and fellowship. This year the West Liberty Chapter was involved with many community service projects.

Those included bell ringing for the Salvation Army and tutoring for the After School Assistance Project.

The 2016/17 NHS officers for the McVay Chapter include President Belinda Heckman, Vice President Luz Martinez, Secretary Haddie Anderson, Treasurer Emma Melick and Historian Gracie Danner.
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