NHS names new members
Eighteen Eudora High students entered the National Honor Society last Thursday, receiving recognition for their academic and leadership achievements.
The Eudora chapter of the National Honor Society (NHS) hosted an induction ceremony for the students at the school's auditorium. According to NHS sponsor Bonnie Neis, there is more to being a member than having good grades.
"It's not just academics and not just athletics. It focuses on character, scholarship, leadership and service," Neis said.
EHS requires applicants to have a grade point average of at least 3.3, Neis said. NHS applicants must also show they have gone beyond the high academic standards.
"To qualify, they need to already have demonstrated leadership," Neis said.
Students are rated by teachers in three categories, including character, leadership and service.
Junior Cody Lauber said he was glad the nominations came from the teachers because they see students and how they perform in the classroom, both academic and otherwise.
"It's a good thing because we're in," the new inductee said.
While evaluating the character of students, teachers look for those who uphold ethics, comply with school regulations and show courtesy to others.
As far as leadership, students must show initiative and dependability, be resourceful in solving problems and demonstrate leadership in promoting school activities.
NHS applicants must also volunteer assistance, work well with others and be willing to serve on committees. They must also help other students and represent their class or school well. In the past school year, Eudora NHS students have raked leaves for residents and co-sponsored a fund-raiser for a Christmas food drive.
Neis said there would be more opportunities this year for NHS members to get out into the community.
"Next week we plan to go to the elementary building and deliver Easter eggs," she said. "In May, we'll be doing a car wash for the Eudora Habitat for Humanity house."
Sophomore Sarah Abel said she is still learning what it means to be an NHS member, but she believed it would be beneficial on college applications.
Lauber agreed. Being an NHS member will also have its perks come graduation day, he said.
"It looks real good. On the night of graduation you get to wear a different color tassel," Lauber said.
Students inducted into NHS were: Sarah Abel, Brett Becker, Amanda Bruening, Matt Clark, Mark DeArmond, Jenny Durkin, Heath Fanning, Mary Johnson, Bree Knight, Cody Lauber, Tina Lauber, Jason Marmon, Seth Mullis, Andrew Pyle, Megan Reetz, Austin Roberts, Tommy Stein and Lisa Westerhouse.