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GC National Honor Society inducts 10 into ranks

TEN INDIVIDUALS were inducted into the Glenwood City National Honor Society on Wednesday evening, May 2. They are, front row (L to R): Leah Magsam, Mae Buttles, Alexa Holden, Emily Bethell and Rebecca Peterson. Back row (L to R): Kaitlin Lee, Allyson Motz, Nicholas Melendrez, Nyah Anderson and Bethany Ullom. —photo by Shawn DeWitt

GLENWOOD CITY — The Glenwood City Chapter of the National Honor Society refreshed its ranks with the addition of ten new members during its annual spring induction ceremony held on Wednesday, May 2.

Nyah Anderson, Emily Bethell, Mae Buttles, Alexa Holden, Kaitlin Lee, Leah Magsam, Nicholas Melendrez, Allyson Motz, Rebecca Peterson and Bethany Ullom were officially inducted into the local membership of the National Honor Society during the 2018 induction ceremony held in the high school/middle school commons.

Senior NHS members Ethan Kahler and Jacob Nadeau opened the program by welcoming inductees, parents, sponsors, and friends. They also introduced the ceremony’s guest speaker,  Glenwood City Elementary second grade teacher Joanie Branigan, who will be retiring at the end of this school year after teaching in the district for the past 34 years.

Following Branigan’s address, NHS members and officers spoke about the candle of knowledge and the principles of the organization. Corrie Gifford read a detailed description of the meaning of the Candle of Knowledge, which was followed by explanations of the society’s four virtues –  Service, Scholarship, Leadership, and Character – each described in detail by officers Elizabeth Wink, Makayla O’Brien, Jenesa Klinger and Abby Kremer respectively.

NHS advisor and high school/middle school principal Patrick Gretzlock then installed the new members during a candle lighting ceremony after which all ten inductees along with the current membership recited the NHS pledge in front of staff, family, friends and peers. New members were awarded a pin and a certificate of membership.

Before a student is accepted into the Glenwood City NHS, he or she must first meet the stringent requirements of scholarship, service, leadership, and character. To even be eligible for consideration a candidate must be a least a second semester sophomore with a minimum grade point average of 3.50. Qualified NHS candidates are then invited to apply with chapter advisor Ann Schneider for membership. Selection for membership is based on a review of the candidate’s application.

GLENWOOD CITY’S National Honor Society membership following last Wednesday induction ceremony are pictured above. Front row (L ot R): Jatelyn Johnson, Nicholas Melendrez, Gavin Samp, Jacob Nadeau, Ethan Kahler, Matthew Bauman and Jenesa Klinger. Second row (L to R): Hanna Strehlo, Olivia Janson, Mae Buttles, Leah Magsam, Emily Bethell, Alexa Holden and Kaitlin Lee. Third row (L to R): Allyson Motz, Corrie Gifford, Mariah Voeltz, Elizabeth Wink, Rebecca Peterson, Andi Britton andMakayla O’Brien. Back row (L to R): Melina Schultz, Olivia Scalze, Delaney Quinn, Tressa Peskar, Margaret Wallin, Michaela Nyhus, Nyah Anderson, Abby Kremer and Bethany Ullom. Missing is Peter Hill. —photo by Shawn DeWitt

Glenwood City’s current NHS membership, which increased to 31 members following the induction ceremony, also includes: Matthew Bauman, Andi Britton, Corrie Gifford, Peter Hill, Olivia Janson, Jatelyn Johnson, Ethan Kahler, Jenesa Klinger, Abby Kremer, Jacob Nadeau, Michaela Nyhus, Makayla O’Brien, Tressa Peskar, Delaney Quinn, Gavin Samp, Olivia Scalze, Melina Schultz, Hanna Strehlo, Mariah Voeltz. Margaret Wallin and Elizabeth Wink.

OFFICERS — The 2017-18 Glenwood City NHS officers are, from left to right, Elizabeth Wink, treasurer; Jenesa Klinger, president; Abby Kremer, secretary; and Makayla O’Brien, vice president. —photo by Shawn DeWitt

The 2017-2018 officers are: Jenesa Klinger, president; Makayla O’Brien, vice president; Abby Kremer, secretary; and Elizabeth Wink, treasurer.