ROCHELLE — Rochelle Township High School Chapter of the National Honor Society President James Hart led the Pledge of Allegiance and then lit the green candle representing service Monday night during the annual induction ceremony.
Vice President Gregory Ricketts lit the yellow candle representing character. Connor Lenkaitis is the chapter treasurer; he lit the blue candle representing leadership and secretary Kelsey Thompson lit the red candle representing scholarship to open the induction of 24 members into the RTHS chapter.
Members of the chapter include Katherine Bakken, Rebecca Bunger, Sarah Craven, Addison Curtis, Mason DeLille, Judith Fulgencio, Marisol Garcia, Isaac Green, James Hart, Aubrey Headon, Amanda Headon, Brandon Johnson, Mandi Lamb, Mallory Leininger, Tara Leininger, Connor Lenkaitis, Abigail Lundquist, Emma Mehrings, Grace Orlikowski, Gregory Ricketts, Jasmine Rissman, Abigail Tilton, Camryn Turner, Abigail Wagner, and Teigan Young.
New inductees included seniors Xavier Arriaga, Benjamin DaCosta, Hayley Davis, Ryan Friestad, Tyler Johnson, Noah Knight, Naomy Ortiz, and Citlaly Villalobos as well as juniors Kaylee Brown, Kylee Brown, Margaret Duval, Cara Forsberg, Sean Flanagan, Austin Greifenkamp, Gabrielle Harding, Caitlin Hensley, Benjamin Hickey, Charles Jandak, Caitlin McMurray, Madelyn Ohlinger, Kaitlynn Ost, Brandi Salinas, Morgan Schabacker and Allison Seebach.
To become an NHS member, students who meet the scholarship requirement complete a form detailing their accomplishments in and commitment to service, leadership and character — the pillars of the organization:
Scholarship - Per national guidelines, at a minimum, students must have a cumulative GPA of 85, B, 3.0 on a 4.0 scale, or equivalent standard of excellence. (Each school chapter is allowed to require a higher cumulative GPA.)
Service - This involves voluntary contributions made by a student to the school or community, done without compensation.
Leadership - Student leaders are those who are resourceful, good problem solvers, and idea contributors. Leadership experiences can be drawn from school or community activities while working with or for others.
Character - The student of good character is cooperative; demonstrates high standards of honesty and reliability; shows courtesy, concern, and respect for others; and generally maintains a clean disciplinary record.