By Lorrie Ham
A total of 43 Mound Westonka High School students were inducted into the National Honor Society (NHS) at a special ceremony for students and their families on May 7. Another 29 seniors, who were inducted into the program last year, were also on hand for special recognition. Advisor Sarah Lyngby welcomed the visitors and thanked the parents for their support and hard work.
The inductees recited the new member pledge, which encourages high standards of scholarship, leadership, service and character. The officers of the NHS Executive Board spoke to each of those standards.
Junior Vice President Megan Heins spoke on service to the school district and the community. “True community service is realizing the impact you can have on other people and wanting to help make a difference,” said Heins.
NHS members donated service hours to various local organizations and events this year, including Feed My Starving Children, the Shirley Hills carnival, local sports teams and WeCAN. Students also helped staff the Shirley Hills Primary School warming house, collected a total of 105 units of blood during blood drives the last two years and participated in a local highway cleanup program.
NHS also funded three college scholarships through poinsettia sales and secured funding for three additional scholarships due to the number of blood units collected during this year’s blood drive. In addition to the group activities, NHS students contributed over 1,273 hours of personal volunteer time.
Junior Treasurer Reed Kohls shared his thoughts on leadership. “As the exemplary students of Mound Westonka, each of you were chosen to lead our student culture by example,” he said. Senior President Tiffany Nguyen defined character as “doing what is right and choosing to do what is right without reward.”
On scholarship, advisor Aurora Meunier noted that NHS inductees have at least a 3.5 GPA. She encouraged students to commit themselves to scholarship for life.
Nine students received commemorative tassels for pioneering the inaugural student project manager program. Those recognized included juniors Madison Gutekunst and Maxine Musselman and seniors Abbie Dierbeck, Sean Engelhart, Kristina Linder, Carter Matt, Michael Niederer, Tiffany Nguyen and Grant Sterne.
As the new members were introduced, each received a certificate from MWHS Principal Mark McIlmoyle. The senior NHS members were recognized and thanked for their leadership and service.
Newly inducted members of NHS include seniors Ashley Furhmann, Ailleene Mendoza, Madeline Niederer, Michael Niederer and Kathleen Priefer and juniors Alexandra Abrahamson, Makenzie Anderson, Caitlin Balk, Calli Battis, Lilly Biglow, Tiana Blix, Jessy Cai, Trey Courneya, Evan Dahl, Julia Elling, Inga Erdahl, Kate Ferrell, Jamie Goldberg, Madison Gutekunst, Austin Hargreaves, Megan Heins, Rose Helland, Diana Hoernemann, Joelle Hoernemann, Adam Hoogeveen, Matthew Humbert, John Koch, Reed Kohls, Jack LaTour, Torsten Lee, Maxine Musselman, Victor Nelson, Jonathan Neve, Molly Schoephoerster, Lauren Sherman, Michael Uhas, Brandon Ung, Katelyn Wagner, Louis Warolin, Abigail Wharram, Audrey Woychick, Shane Yanta and Jack Zimmerman.
Seniors who were inducted into the NHS program last year include Ryann Beyer, Kristin Black, Anjelique Bomar, Ryan Bunker, Ariel Crawford, Lauren Demchuk, Abbie Dierbeck, Sean Engelhart, Adam Fish, Zachary Gahl, Julius Kowalsky, Megan Lachenmayer, Kristina Linder, Donelle Maloney, Megan Martin, Carter Matt, Lauren Miller, Sarah Neve, Tiffany Nguyen, Emma Polusny, Garrett Ryan, Elizabeth Schepers, Olivia Stehlik, Grant Sterne, Jordan Taran, Charles Treat, Christi Wanous, Evann Welty and Erika Whaley.
“We are proud of your achievements and look forward to watching you grow in leadership, service, character and scholarship in the years to come,” said Meunier.
Photos by Lorrie Ham
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