WILMINGTON — Family members, students and staff gathered at Wilmington High School Thursday, April 20 to observe the WHS National Honor Society Induction Ceremony.
Principal Mindy McCarty-Stewart welcomed guests and stated that it was an honor and a privilege to be among the wonderful students of the WHS National Honor Society.
She went on to thank the current NHS members for their contributions and for doing what it took to reach such a level of academic achievement. She also encouraged members to continue that hard-earned tradition, as they represent WHS well.
NHS Advisor Jessica Grimes also congratulated students for their accomplishments, which included over 1,000 hours of community service.
Guest speaker, WHS Alumna and Executive Director of the Wilmington Chamber of Commerce Dessie Rogers shared with the audience that, as a high school student, she wanted nothing more than to leave her hometown behind and to go out and experience the world — to experience life anywhere other than Wilmington, Ohio.
As the years passed, Rogers traveled, studied abroad, and then returned to the hometown from which she could not wait to leave. She has settled in, reconnected with old friends, and she’s raising a family and serving her community.
Rogers went on tell students that if they do move away, to consider moving back after they go off and experience the world for they are Wilmington’s best and brightest and there are leadership and service opportunities close to home that will allow them to help make a difference.
Prior to the induction portion of the ceremony, students paused to recognize current staff members who have made a difference during their years at WHS and who represent the pillars that are the foundation of the honor society.
High School Guidance Department Secretary Karen Merkel received the award for character, M.H. teacher Cindy Morris the award for service, math teacher John Gray the award for leadership, and intervention specialist Tracy Worthington the award for scholarship.
During the induction ceremony, one-by-one new candidates were called to the stage where senior members of the NHS shared their candles to light the way for new members.
And, as new members took their seats on stage, retiring members took their seat in the audience, having passed the torch to the next generation of the Wilmington High School National Honor Society.
New inductees include seniors Adriana Bowles, Magdalena Gonzalez, Osvaldo Gonzalez, Aridessa Robertson, Jasmine Sanchez, and Nicholas Whiting. Juniors Madison Adkins, Holli Anderson, Morgan Bahr, Ridgeden Beam, Dylan Beaugard, Brady Bergefurd, Sabrina Bowman, Samantha Burns, Pepper Cantwell, Felicity Carter, Hannah Chase, Clairissa Clark, Madalyn Collins, Dylan Combs, Heather Fryman, Rhyann Green, Brittany Gregory, Parker Gunkel, Megan Halloran, Anna Keiter, Stephen Krause, Olivia Minney, Andrew Moye,r Seth Murdock, Connor O’Boyle, Sophia Reed, Garrett Regan, Sydney Shumaker, Madison Spangler, Andrew Spendlove, Julia Straley, Abigail Tackett, Jackson Tofte, Alexander Totten, and Sydney Wright. Sophomores Samantha Achtermann, Keeley Allen, Zane Bekheet, Adrienne Besser, Rachael Billups, Xavier Disney, Alex Flanigan, Hailey Fugate, Anna Garnai, Claire Greenlees, Braeden Henry, Makayla Henry, Garrett Hickey, Mya Jackson, Cheyenne Jarrell, Mekenzie Jones, Chloe Mason,, Benjamin McAllister, William Morris, Brooklyn Nielson, Carolyn Robinson, Meredith Robinson, Jack Romer, Emma Schroeder, Jordan Snarr, Johnathan Stewart, Melissa Stroebel, Cailyn Tippett, Kerrigan Tofte, Alana Walker, and Kathryn Yurek.
Information for this article was provided by Diana Miller, who coordinates communications for several area schools.