MANLIUS —On March 20, Bureau Valley High School inducted 24 new members into the Bureau Valley chapter of the National Honor Society during a candle lighting ceremony held in the auditorium of the high school. They join the 19 current members of the Bureau Valley High National Honor Society.
Newly-inducted members are Alicia Backer, Ryanne Balensiefen, Haeli Blackert, Molly Bohm, Bailey Butler, Milo Bystry, Trent DeVenney, Morgan Freeman, Isabella Gross, Kristen Higgins, Jordan Holmberg, Maggie Karakker, Caroline Konneck, Jessica Linley, Madalynn McFadden, Katherine Monier, Madison Morrow, Jenna Nordstrom, Matthew Philhower, Kyle Richardson, Elijah Risatti, Kayla Sweenie, Hailey Tranchita and Isabelle Wright.
Members were selected by the chapter’s faculty council for meeting high standards of scholarship, service, leadership and character. They are chosen for, and then expected to continue, their exemplary contributions to the school and community.
Current members are Maile Abella, Ethan Ainley, Saige Barnett, Kale Barnett, Allison DeBrock, Marissa Endress, Emily Fordham, Stephanie Gripp, Tyler Gustafson, Dallas Hardy, Kylee Hoagland, Noah Johnson, Makaila Kunz, Elijah Lind, Ashleigh O’Brien, Alexzandra Ryan, Zoe Schiedel, Ben Shipp and Madisen Thomas.
The 19 current NHS seniors have served the school and local communities in a variety of ways. In addition to the strong academic records, which established the eligibility for membership, the chapter members are leaders in many student organizations, and they serve the school and community through many activities. In October, they held a “trick or treat” canned food drive in the local communities and gave to food pantries in Walnut, Sheffield and Wyanet. The NHS students sold and made a record number of sub sandwiches in November as part of their annual fundraiser to support the financial needs of the NHS chapter, and to help provide two $500 scholarships to NHS seniors. They worked with the Fellowship of Christian Athletes organization and held their first-ever Christmas Fun Day at the high school for Pre K through second-grade students. On March 25, they partnered with the Mississippi River Blood Center and held a blood drive at the school that collected 69 units of blood, in which 44 of those units were from first-time donors. They also received a Life Savings Grant from the blood drive for $319 that was donated in the name of Mrs. Peterson, a former Bureau Valley NHS adviser, to the Believe Foundation in Princeton, which helps provide customized wigs to cancer patients. In May, they recognized and honored teachers and support staff during Teacher Appreciation Week. NHS members are also required to complete a minimum of 50 hours of service during their time in National Honor Society at Bureau Valley High School.
The National Honor Society ranks as one of the oldest and most prestigious national organizations for high school students. The Bureau Valley High School chapter of the National Honor Society is advised by Craig Johnson and Joyce Wallace.