On Wednesday, June 4, 35 students at Milford Central Academy were inducted into the National Junior Honor Society (NJHS) at a ceremony held in Milford Central Academy gymnasium. Speakers for the evening included Mayor Bryan Shupe, who is also co-owner of Milford Live, Phyllis Kohel, Superintendent of the Milford School District (MSD) and Marvin Schelhouse, President of MSD Board of Eduation.
In order for a student to be selected for National Honor Society, they must have a cumulative average of at least 85 percent, or a 3.0 on a 4.0 scale grade point average. The students are evaluated on their service, leadership and character.
“I am positive that tonight will not be the last honor you receive throughout your education,” Mr. Shupe said after being introduced by Leah Barnett, a member of the Junior Bucs Chapter of NJHS. “I applaud all of you for recognizing, at an early age, the importance of the qualities that earned you this honor. My advice to you is to be confident in your ability to succeed and let no one tell you that it is too risky, you are too young or you are not talented enough. Once you realize that you are your only obstacle, you will achieve great things.”
Milford School Board President, Marvin Schelhouse, also addressed those in attendance at the ceremony. “As you move through your educational experience, this night will be a memory that you will not forget,” Mr. Schelhouse said. “The Board of Education strives to provide a quality education to all students, and it is students like you that make all of us proud to be board members. We applaud you for your accomplishments and know that great things are yet to come from all of you.”
Dr. Phyllis Kohel, Superintendent of Milford School District told the students that induction into NJHS was an outstanding accomplishment and one they should be proud of. “I stand here in the presence of great students,” Dr. Kohel said. “I cannot tell you how proud I am as the Superintendent of this district to see students like you achieve such an honor. I also want to congratulate those of you in the audience tonight who have created an environment of learning for your students that allowed them to achieve such greatness.”
During the ceremony, NJHS officers lit candles that represented the mission of the organization. Melina Hudson, NJHS president, explained the torch that is the symbol of National Honor Society, was an emblem of knowledge, and that knowledge, like a torch, has no affect until it is lit. Millicent Dill lit the candle representing wisdom, Sydney Millman lit the candle that represented character, Ella Messick lit the candle representing service, Sage Collier lit the candle representing character and Morgan Abbott lit the candle representing leadership.
The students names were then called for induction into NJHS, receiving certificates and pins and signing the book chronicling their induction. Once all students had been inducted into the organization, Claudia Harris, NJHS Advisor, announced the officers for the 2014-2015 School Year. For the upcoming year, Benjamin Sobota will act as President; Lindsey Ann Reynolds will act as Vice-President; Keegan Andersen will act as Secretary; Yasmine Awayes will act as Treasurer; and Katherine Capodice will act as Historian.
Inductees for 2014 included Julia Elizabeth Adams, Chase Andrew Albright, Keegan Dorothy Natrin Andersen, Yasmine Awayes, Lauren Monique Nicole Benton, Amber Gabrielle Blann, Bryan Scott Bullock, Katherine Capodice, Stone Charles Davis, Victoria Nicole Donovan, Curstyn Carey Dutton, Lauren Nicole Edwards, Ja’Liyha Tyeone Fisher-Howell, Ryan Kristopher Frost, Taylor Lorraine Hogan, Daniel Christopher Kaminski, Christopher Ryan Lankford, Connor Flinn Lea, Ciny Lin, Ryan Hunter Mackesey, Trevor Mitchell, Elizabeht Ann Nielsen, Morgan Ayn Petty, Charlese Michelle Price, Samuel Joseph Rach, Lindsey Ann Reynolds, Cassandra Erin Schreiber, Grace Sophia Sekcinski, Daniel Almad Shockley, Garrett Everett Smith, Benjamin Arthur Sobota, Megan Lynn Vezmar, Sierra Alexis Webb, Taylor Nicole Wessel, and Rebecca Dale Wheatley.