Petersburg High School inducts 16 into National Honor Society
Petersburg National Honor Society welcomed 16 new members on Wednesday. The entire group consists of Carolyn Kvernvik, Julia Buschmann, Lauren Bryner, Eva Kowalski, Haley Kelley, Emily Luczak, Joe Zarlengo, Emma Engell, Marlena Erickson, Tyler Lantiegne, Rebecca Madsen, Samantha Marifern, Maura Sullivan, Kris Thorsteinson, Krissa Davis, Patricia Jackson, Cynthia Benitz, Michael Brock, Raven Hansen, Max Henshaw, Alan Jensen, Amanda Kubo, Bret Martinsen, Diane Murph, Emma Peeler, Sierra Streuli, Robyn Schwartz, Cole Somerville, Carly Tate and Abigail Taylor.
The Petersburg High School National Honor Society and Junior National Honor Society inducted 16 new members on Wednesday at a candlelight ceremony.
The induction ceremony was held at Wright Auditorium in front of classmates and family members. “The National Honor Society is more than just a scholarship organization,” Principal Rick Dormer said adding the tenets of the society include Scholarship, Service, Character and Leadership.
“If you think about it, it goes against human nature to continually serve others and develop your character,” Dormer said.
NHS began in 1921, JNHS began in 1929. The organizations were established to recognize not only academic achievement, but also students that have excelled in other areas of their lives.
“Each inductee today will join a long list of esteemed members such as Mrs. Hardin, Ms. Johnson as well as many others, each coming from different walks of life,” said NHS Historian Tyler Lantiegne.
“This group of students sitting on this stage today, have been accepted into the prestigious National Honor Society for great work both in school and in the community,” he said.
NHS Adviser Joni Johnson said that each student accepted into NHS is required to earn a minimum grade point average of 3.6 by the end of their sophomore year. And each candidate must demonstrate achievement in the areas of Service, Character and Leadership.
NHS President Carolyn Kvernvik, NHS Vice President Julia Buschmann, NHS Secretary Lauren Bryner and NHS Treasurer Eva Kowalski presented the four tenets (Scholarship, Service, Character and Leadership) by lighting a candle for each one.
NHS Sergeant at Arms Joe Zarlengo presented the inductees, speaking of their high academic marks, extra-curricular activities, various leadership opportunities and volunteer projects. Each inductee lit a candle signifying their entrance into the society.
The new inductees into the National Honor Society are: Krissa Davis, Patricia Jackson, Cynthia Benitz, Michael Brock, Raven Hansen, Max Henshaw, Alan Jensen, Amanda Kubo, Bret Martinsen, Diane Murph, Emma Peeler, Sierra Streuli, Robyn Schwartz, Cole Somerville, Carly Tate and Abigail Taylor.
After the ceremony, teachers, students and parents gathered in the High School Library for refreshments.
Alan Murph, father of sophomore Diane Murph, has three other Petersburg NHS alums.
“It's a lot of hard work. There are so many distractions out there for kids. They really have to want it,” he said.