Journal Express, Knoxville, IA

April 2, 2013

Pleasantville students inducted into NHS

Dwayne Betterton
Journal-Express

Pleasantville —  

The Pleasantville High School National Honor Society held an induction ceremony for its new members Monday, April 1, at the high school event center.  The National Honor Society was founded in 1921 to recognize and foster academic achievement while developing other characteristics essential to citizens in a democracy.

In order to be eligible for membership a candidate must be a sophomore, junior, or senior and have a grade point average of at least 3.25. Eligible candidates are then asked to complete a form indicating their activities and achievements. The faculty then rates each candidate using a four point scale on the Societies ideals of leadership, character, service, and scholarship. The scores are then tabulated and averaged. Those with an average of 12 are selected for induction.

The induction ceremony began with a welcome by president Eric Perryman followed by an introduction of society members made by Nate Slay.  Katelyn Sanders then asked any teachers or staff members present to stand and be recognized.  Eric Perryman next introduced the guest speakers for the evening, retiring teachers Cynthia Thill, Sharon Thill, and Dennis Oliver. Each offered comments for the occasion.

Each of the new inductees was introduced to the audience by a current senior member who gave a short biography of the inductee then lighted their candle.  Mrs. Persoon then led the new members in the National Honor Society Pledge.  Eric Perryman closed the ceremony after which refreshments were served.

New junior members include:  Kasey Clarey, Josh Day, and Katie Wiseman

New sophomore members include:  Josie Burgett, Kylie Busick, Kennedy Core, Alli Friday, Hagen Fouch, Camrynn Gomez, Traci Kunze, Amanda Pokorney, Taryn Tibboel, and Kirk Wicks.