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Foundation Pillars

26 new members of the Hanover Central High School National Honor Society joined 16 existing Society members at their induction ceremony on November 9, 2018.  The students requested and received words of wisdom from guest speaker and teacher, Michelle Duffy.

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Nerissa Fezler signs the keepsake National Honor Society Book while member Natalie Haitsma looks on.

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Senior National Honor Society member Kamden Sarkey pins Junior and new NHS member Carina Bolanos.

Mrs. Duffy addressed the four pillars of the National Honor Society; scholarship, leadership, service and character.  “You’ve just heard about the four pillars of this organization, and if you think of these pillars as the foundation for any structure, it becomes clear that without one, the building might topple,” said Mrs. Duffy.  “In terms of the core values of NHS, and the defining quality of its members, you wouldn’t necessarily fall apart, but you would be without a solid foundation,” she added.  Her message to the members of the society was clear.  “Your scholastic success is not what should define you,” she said.  “Force yourself to pursue meaning above all else, because if you only seek tangible accomplishments you will miss the rewards that ultimately have the most worth.”

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Junior Marissa Metcalfe is all smiles as she becomes a member of the National Honor Society and receives her pin from Senior NHS member Taylor Lamparski.

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Juniors Megan Clark, Christina De Lange, Brett Driscoll, and James Erickson participate in the NHS candle lighting ceremony before pledging their participation in, and willingness to uphold, the pillars of the National Honor Society.  

While the students were given additional sage advice from Mrs. Duffy, a former National Honor Society Member herself, they also heard her close with the humor and grace that is, in and of itself, the trademark of the organization she represented and the educator she has become.  “In closing, I would like to reference my favorite show, which is Gilmore Girls…from the song by Carole King, ‘Where you lead, I will follow, ‘and to the newly inducted and veteran NHS members I would follow any one of you, anywhere you chose to lead, because I know that you would do so honorably and graciously,” she said.

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Senior Rebecca Oliver pins new Junior NHS member, Leo Gliwa.


Members of the National Honor Society must be a junior or senior and have a cumulative grade point average of at least 3.5 with no D or F grades. 


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New members inducted were, front row (l to r):  Lauren Koontz, Megan Clark, Rachel Fleszewski, Brooke McCune, Megan Mace, Cecelia Phillips, Nerissa Fezler, and Jessica Meier.  Back row (l to r):  Christina De Lange, Tiffany Lange, Reilly Parker, Sydney Reinbold, Elise Kratkoczki, Sadie Naughton, Marissa Metcalfe, Leo Gliwa, Reagan Noel, James Erickson, Carina Bolanos, Brianna Nirtaut, Phoebe Ruiz, Amanda Schreiber, Phoebe Tomac, Brett Driscoll, Jade Westerhoff, and Dominick Amadio.

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The full Hanover Central High School National Honor Society