Gillespie High School’s annual banquet and induction ceremony for the National Honor Society was held on Tuesday, March 12 at 7 p.m. in the high school cafeteria. Along with the high school cafeteria staff, Fema’s catering of Benld provided the dinner featuring barbequed pork steak. Tables were adorned with blue and yellow carnations as well as beautiful centerpieces created by Dee Dee’s Designs of Gillespie.
Current members include Lindsey Miller, president, Jack Jarman, vice president, Megan Bray, secretary, Dominic Maykopet, treasurer, Jerod Brown, Lexie Bussman, Colin Caveny, Andrew Gill, Madison Hedrick, Juliann Hendricks, Rylee Jarman, Grace Martin, Breanne Mull, John Wyatt, and Madolyn Wyatt.
Inducted into the society this year include Frank Barrett, Joseph Bertetto, Kennen Bertolis, Mark Cunningham, Briget Dolliger, Megan Fosnock, William Gill, Kylee Hardt, Megan Hatlee, Bryce Higginbotham, Mallory Mick, Alex Ottersburg, Chase Redmon, Katie Reed, Chance Reiniesch, Ruby Savant, Emily Schmidt, Hannah Trumpy, Aaron Weinburg, and Deyon Wolber.
During the induction ceremony guest speaker Alexis Burns, an alumnus class of 2013 at GHS, encouraged inductees, members and guests to be persistent in pursuing every opportunity to gain new friends and travel to new places while never forgetting those who helped them in the beginning.
High school principal Shane Owsley had the pleasure of welcoming new members as he provided each one with a pin and certificate of membership. Co-advisers Mary Kirk and Katie Prange said they were looking forward to working with this exemplary group of students. A total of twenty students were inducted into the school’s chapter, who joined the current fifteen members for a total of thirty-five members this spring.
To be eligible for membership consideration, students must have a cumulative grade point average of 3.3-4.0. Additionally, candidates must meet high standards of service, leadership, and character. As members of NHS, these students will now engage in a number of individual and chapter service projects, such as fundraising for families in need and tutoring children at Ben-Gil Elementary School.
NHS is the nation’s oldest and best-known student recognition program and was founded in 1921 by the National Association of Secondary School Principals.