PLATTSMOUTH – Plattsmouth students earned prestigious awards for their hard work Monday night during the school’s National Honor Society induction ceremony.
Students took part in an event hosted by Plattsmouth High School’s NHS chapter. The Jessie Walen Chapter welcomed 14 new members and honored 17 seniors at the induction ceremony.
The evening began with Plattsmouth students Sarah Schreiber, Kira Leget and Sarah Babe singing the national anthem. PHS senior Claire Albers then delivered introductory remarks. She said National Honor Society members were proud of the chapter’s history of community service and academic success. She told inductees they had earned their place in the group through their commitment and dedication.
Four student leaders followed Albers with explanations of the NHS pillars of scholarship, leadership, service and character. These four characteristics are the foundation of National Honor Society’s overall goal of developing positive community members. NHS students are encouraged to help their local schools, businesses and other organizations with their knowledge and talents.
PHS junior C.J. Wiseman spoke about the first pillar of scholarship. He said academic achievements were important because learning is the basis for all other accomplishments. He read several quotes from famous authors about the need for scholarship in every society.
PHS senior Alyx Curran-Lewis spoke about the second pillar of leadership. She told audience members that a leader is someone who is willing and able to share their knowledge about a certain topic with others. She said developing good leaders was one of the main goals of the National Honor Society program.
PHS senior Kelby Meisinger spoke about the third pillar of service. She said NHS members were willing to share their time and talents with others to benefit the community as a whole. She said service was a critical component of NHS because of the many ways members could help their fellow citizens.
PHS senior Brenna Simoens spoke about the fourth pillar of character. She told the audience it was important for NHS members to showcase positive and uplifting character traits. She read several quotes about the ways people with good character can impact their communities.
All four student leaders switched on electric candles to represent the four pillars following their speeches. All members read the NHS pledge before taking part in the induction and recognition portion of the evening. Albers presented each inductee with a National Honor Society membership pin. PHS National Honor Society Sponsor Janel Schweitzer presented each of the seniors with a special yellow rose.
The evening concluded with a keynote speech from PHS Principal Todd Halvorsen. He based his comments on the acronym of PRIDE: positive, respectful, intentional, determined and engaged.
Halvorsen said all of the National Honor Society members displayed these traits in their academic, social and community-based activities. He also said they had reached an exemplary level of dedication and achievement at Plattsmouth.
“I’m very proud of all of you,” Halvorsen said. “It’s not easy what you’ve accomplished.”
Plattsmouth students who received induction membership pins included Jacob Zitek, Rylee Hellbusch, Kassidy Fisk, Nikole Jaixen, Aubrey Swaink, Aleea Stanford, Kaycee Bancroft, Sophia Wehrbein, Emma Field, Ava LaSure, Xander Rodriguez, Faith Olsen, Kaleb Wooten and Jack Alexander.
Plattsmouth seniors who received yellow roses included Claire Albers, Sarah Babe, Alyx Curran-Lewis, Katie Graskowiak, Hee-Chan Han, Hailey Heikkila, Haylee Heim, Zoe Johnson, Nathan Konkler, Dylan Mayfield, Kelby Meisinger, Tynan Rackley, Brenna Simoens, Emma Wagner, Ethan Warrick, Rachel Widick and Jayden Wooten.