NHS chapter at HHS inducts 19 members

Phillip Ediger, a junior at Hillsboro High School, signs the National Honor Society registry as a new member of the local chapter during the induction ceremony Monday night. Tanner Sechrist and Kianna Hinerman, current NHS members, wait to present Ediger with his medallion and certificate. Terry Bebbermeyer, chapter advisory board member, waits to introduce the other 18 pledges.Nineteen students were inducted into the Hillsboro High School chapter of the National Honor Society during a ceremony Monday night at the Hillsboro Men?no?nite Brethren Church.

Prior to the actual induction of new members, the eight active members of the chapter led the lighting of candles ceremony representing each of the four NHS core values: scholarship, service, leadership and character.

Members participating in the candle lighting were Danae Bina, Morganne Hamm, Kianna Hinerman, Christian Ratzlaff, Jehoiada Schmidt, Tanner Sechrist, Erin Wiebe and Molly Wiebe.

Christian Ratzlaff lights the candle representing the NHS core value of leadership during Monday?s ceremony,Terry Bebermeyer, member of the advisory board, then explained the selection process to the audience of family members and friends.

Potential members must have a grade-point average of at least 3.7 by their junior year, he said. Candidates are then asked to fill out a membership application. The applicants are then evaluated by a selection committee that rates each student on a 30-point scale for each of the four NHS values.

The highest and lowest ratings for each student are thrown out; students who score 96 out of the 120 possible points are accepted as members.

Received as new NHS members this year were: Hannah Bartel, David Dick, Joshua Funk, Jakob Han?schu, Erich Herbel, Claire Heyen, Emily Jost, Addie Lackey, Karyn Leihy, Riley Loewen, Jesse Meier, Daniele Melton, Graham Pankratz, Tara Proffitt, Emily Sechrist, Juliana Sinclair, Courtney Troyer and Allison Weber.

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