Rock Creek celebrated its annual National Honor Society induction ceremony on Nov. 20 at the Westmoreland Community Center.
Nine new members were inducted, including senior Carson Zenger, juniors Stacie Elliott, Patrick Geyer and Cameron Minihan and sophomores Emma Ebert, Maddy Eshelman, Bryant Golden, Kalea Nippert and Tony Robb.
NHS is an organization created in 1921 to recognize outstanding high school students. Today, there are more than one million members involved across the United States.
In order to be inducted into NHS, students at Rock Creek had to go through a selection process. The process started with the student being a sophomore, junior or senior and having a minimum of a 3.5 grade point average. If they met that requirement, they had the opportunity to submit an application and a written essay demonstrating the qualities of NHS.
“The four pillars of NHS are scholarship, leadership, service, and character,” NHS sponsor Ashley Wege said. “This group is a little more diverse as far as activities they belong to, though.”
Many of the new members were happy after finding out they had been selected.
“I was excited and felt honored to be in the society,” Eshelman said.
Considering the number of those who entered and the competitiveness of the society, others also shared this feeling.
“I felt accomplished and giddy with excitement,” Golden said.
Inducting new members allows NHS to provide an opportunity for younger members to learn valuable skills.
“I learned to commit to NHS and to intermingle with everybody in NHS since you’re not best friends with everyone,” junior Nate Williams said.
Younger members also said they felt as though they had room to learn from some of the more experienced members.
“I hope I’ll learn to be a better leader and how to improve the community,” Golden said.
Leadership is a major part of NHS, and members are expected to be active leaders in the community.
“I believe NHS members really set an example for other students,” Williams said. “We try to hold ourselves highly to high morals and high standards; we try to do the right things at all times… just little things that people see and hopefully they’ll see and try to do themselves.”
Article and photo by Skyler Forge, staff member