McNicholas High School welcomed 43 new members to its Altoria chapter of the National Honor Society (NHS) Tues., Nov. 15 as students, faculty and staff, and parents watched. The new members join seniors inducted last fall to bring the chapter total to 77 under faculty advisors Katie Caster and Hannah Schwab.
NHS is the nation's premier organization established to recognize outstanding high school students. NHS serves to recognize those students who have demonstrated excellence in the areas of scholarship, leadership, service, and character. These characteristics have been associated with membership in the organization since its beginning in 1921.
McNicholas faculty member Val Combs congratulated the new inductees on the light they shine to lead others. “The emblem of National Honor Society is the keystone and the flaming torch,” Combs said. “We are here this morning because of the way you have let your light shine at McNicholas High School---through your studies, extra-curricular activities, leadership and service to our community- Your light represents a searching for truth, a leading so that others may follow, a burning for high ambitions and a glow for the enduring values of life.”
Combs encouraged students to add an additional “R”—reason—to the traditional three “R’s” of reading, writing, and arithmetic. “Reason is the ability to think, to form judgments and to draw conclusions,” Combs said. “To be a true leader, you must learn to live in attentiveness, always open and fully aware. You must learn to listen without preconceptions and watch with unprejudiced eyes… interpreting things with both your mind and your heart.”