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CONNORVILLE — The newest members have been inducted into Buckeye Local High School’s National Honor Society following a ceremony in the school theater.

The program included introductions by district Superintendent Kim Leonard, BLHS Principal Luke Parsons and NHS Adviser Alonna Ackerman, requirements for membership by President Jaina DeMeter and a lighting of the candles representing the four pillars of NHS — scholarship, leadership, service and character — by Vice President Carley Newton, Secretary Whitney Gibbons, Treasurer Anne Takach and Historian Maria Zackey.

Twenty-five students were added to the organization during the event and introduced by Gibbons and Young. They include juniors Kaden Bednarek, Cameron Best, Adrianna Blazeski, Kirsten Faulkner, Isabella Hepburn, James Hornyak, Hester Lambright, Brooklyn Lengyel, Brianna Merkel, Ethan McHugh, Mariah Pelkey, Aivri Ruttencutter, Matthew Scott, Brooke Shaffer, Link Szafran, Allison Trekal and Rylie White, plus seniors Alan Burkett, Tyler Donahue, Julia Long, Guiliana Moscato, Brian Palmer, Trenton Phillips, Brock Sempirek and Landyn Walker.

Rounding out the current members are Lyndsi Carpino, Abbey Kinyo, Meghan McAleavey, Skylar Muldrew, Noah Meyer, Alyssa Slie, Sierra Sterling, Megan Valuska and Abbey Young. The ceremony concluded with a recitation of the NHS pledge by DeMeter and closing remarks by Ackerman.

To become a member of the NHS, students must maintain at least a 3.45 GPA, be involved in at least one school activity and maintain a clean disciplinary record.

Students are selected based on a point system and earn points by demonstrating outstanding scholarship, leadership, service and character. Holding leadership roles and participating in service to both the school and the community are considered as part of a student’s application, as well.

Ackerman said the student organization is steeped in community service and managed to carry out a few projects even though they were altered by COVID.

“Each year, our chapter selects a central goal for our service. This year, our service theme was ‘Coming Together’ with the goal of helping our community heal from the COVID-19 pandemic,” she continued.

“Our chapter helped to organize and load school supplies over a three-day period that were distributed to our elementary students. Later in the year, students helped to load lunches onto buses to be distributed to students within the district,” she said.

“They also organized a drive to send out cards to Sienna Hills Nursing Home and Valley Hospice Care Center for Christmas, Valentine’s Day and Easter. In the past, we have volunteered at the Monsters at the Mall 5K, completed a Christmas card drive to send cards to local cancer patients, nursing home residents and veterans and we held a drive last year to donate personal care items to Valley Hospice,” she explained.

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