59th Annual WHS National Honor Society Induction Ceremony
The 59th Annual National Honor Society Induction Ceremony took place on Wednesday evening, December 2, 2015 at 7:00 p.m. in the Whitewater High School (WHS) Auditorium. Thirty new juniors and seniors were selected for membership by the faculty based on outstanding qualities of leadership, character, scholarship, and service to school and community.
The induction ceremony began with a welcome by NHS President, Jonathan Caldwell followed by the National Anthem sung by the WHS Music Masters. Principal Doug Parker shared opening remarks about high standards of achievement and the importance of outstanding student leadership. NHS advisor, Pamela Sonmor-Wintz, presented the officers with National Honor Society medallions and congratulated all new members for their outstanding achievement and service to school and community. NHS Officers, Jonathan Caldwell, Holly Hough, Huong Vo and Jan Maroske gave inspirational speeches about leadership, character, scholarship and service during the candle lighting ceremony. After individual introductions on stage, each new member received a National Honor Society pin and certificate. NHS President, Jonathan Caldwell thanked everyone for their contributions to the Induction Ceremony and asked all members to stand and recite the NHS pledge. At the conclusion of the program, a reception with cake and punch was served and a large group photo of all members was taken by Kevin Alvarado of LaBelle Studio on the auditorium stage.
The National Honor Society was created in 1921 by the National Association of Secondary School Principals to create enthusiasm for scholarship, stimulate a desire to render service, promote worthy leadership, and to encourage the development of character in high school students. Members are recognized each year for their exceptional achievements, integrity, helpful personality, and ability to influence others in a positive way. NHS has become a prestigious organization, ranking high among college admission officers, scholarship committees, high school administrators, faculty members, students, parents, and residents of our community. For many, selection as a member of the National Honor Society is the pinnacle of achievement in school. This honor, recognized throughout the nation, is both the public recognition of outstanding accomplishments and the private commitment to continued excellence on the part of each member.
The Minneiska Chapter of the National Honor Society at Whitewater High School was established in 1956. Juniors and seniors with a cumulative grade point average of 3.25 or higher are notified by the NHS advisor of their eligibility and encouraged to submit information if interested in membership. Faculty evaluation is used during the selection process in addition to a rubric and point system to evaluate the strength of a student’s candidacy in the areas of leadership, character, and service. Students are selected by the NHS Faculty Council and become members by participating in an Induction Ceremony in November. To remain a member of the Minneiska Chapter, a student must continue to exhibit outstanding leadership, character, scholarship, and service in addition to maintaining a 3.25 cumulative grade point average while in high school.
Congratulations to the new members of the Whitewater High School National Honor Society!
New Senior National Honor Society Members
New Junior National Honor Society Members
Senior National Honor Society Members Inducted on December 1, 2014
Sally Kate Hixson
A special thank you to all of the people who helped in creating a wonderful induction ceremony for the students! Kevin Alvarado & Tom Ganser – photography, Dianne Butt, programs, Laura Masbruch & NHS Faculty Council – selection process, Karen Tordera & Whitewater High School Music Masters – music, Cindy Wiedenhoeft – auditorium set up