Jayhawk-Linn High School students, from left, Dylan Nickelson, Marlee Thompson, Bryton Spencer, Bradley Rhodes, Adison Randall, Brena Umphenour and Abigail Holt were inducted into the school's chapter of the National Honor Society. Below, NHS President Grace Ross lights the candle representing leadership. (Photos by Roger Sims, Linn County Journal)
Three juniors and four sophomores were inducted into the Jayhawk-Linn High School chapter of the National Honor Society during a ceremony in the school auditorium on Tuesday, March 29.
Juniors Dylan Nickelson, Marlee Thompson, and Bradley Rhodes were joined by sophomores Bryton Spencer, Adison Randall, Brena Umphenour and Abigail Holt in being inducted. They join 14 other JLHS students who are members of the organization.
Joel Schauf, NHS sponsor, introduced officers of the society: President Grace Ross, Vice president Giavona Schneider and Secretary/treasurer Jaidyn Pointer. Ross is a senior and Pointer and Schneider are juniors. Schneider will be NHS president for the 2022-23 school year.
He also introduced other NHS members including senior Hunter Holt, Corbin White, Landon Schneider, Rosie Seagren, Madison Umphenour, Rylee Spencer, and Brooklyn Snow, as well as juniors Marissa Batcheler, Anna Schneider, Brynn Collier, and Madeline Batcheler.
Speaker for the ceremony was JLHS principal Bob Beckham, who spoke about the four characteristics that qualify students for NHS: scholarship, service, leadership and character. He noted that the students had developed scholarship skills throughout their educational journey, long before they had even heard of NHS.
He also said they had demonstrated their commitment to service by being a servant. Dispelling the idea that being a servant was lowly, he said that to be selfless is one of the most important aspects of humanity.
Although most of the students were too young to take on substantial leadership roles, he told them that as they gained more experience they would get more opportunities to lead. Finally, character is possibly the most important attribute of an NHS member because it equated to do the right thing – not just when it served them personally, but all the time.
Following the ceremony parents, friends, teachers, and staff members joined the NHS members for refreshments.
All of the current and new members of the JLHS chapter of the NHS filled the stage following the ceremony.