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SSHS Honors Students At Honor Society, Technical Honor Society Induction Ceremonies

Sulphur Springs High School honored two groups of exemplary students during first the National Technical Honor Society induction then the National Honor Society induction.

Typically, the National Honor Society induction is held in the fall and the National Technical Honor Society induction ceremony is conducted in the spring. However, this school year, as was the case with many events and activities, the NHS induction ceremony could not be held in the fall semester and the NTHS induction which is typically held earlier in the spring semester due to COVID-19.

In order to recognize both groups, the school opted to have them on the same night. After all, 39 of the new NTHS inductees were also among the 64 inducted Monday into the National Honor Society as well. The five other 2021 inductees into NTHS were among 49 students recognized April 12 as two-year members of the National Honor Society. All 14 returning members of the NTHS too are two-year members of the National Honor Society.

Conducted at 6 p.m. Monday in the SSHS cafeteria was the NTHS induction, with the NHS induction following at 7 p.m. Afterward, students and their guests were invited to enjoy refreshments prepared by SSHS Culinary Arts students.

Technical Honor Society

NTHS honors student achievement and leadership, promotes educational excellence, award scholarships, and enhances career opportunities members. NTHS President Rorie Young, Vice-President Miranda Baugh, Secretary Kerie Wright and Treasurer Freddie Gomez conducted the ceremony, each lighting a couple of candles to symbolize the eight attributes of NTHS: knowledge, skill, honesty, service, responsibility, scholarship, citizenship and leadership.

Individuals under consideration as candidates for NTHS regularly exhibit the characteristics which have been observed by his/her instructor(s):

  • a desire to pursue a career in his/her course of study,
  • scholastic achievement,
  • honesty,
  • dependability,
  • responsibility,
  • high quality task performance and pride in work performed,
  • cooperation and ability to work well with others,
  • interest in learning,
  • initiative,
  • leadership, and
  • citizenship.

The applicant must be classified as a junior or senior with a cumulative grade point average of at least 3.5. The candidate must have been enrolled and/or completed a minimum of three Career & Technical Education courses, and be a current member of a Career & Technical Student Organization.

The SSHS NTHS is named in honor of Geral Kennedy, the first vocational director at SSHS during the 1966-1967 school year, and was responsible for getting the machine shop, vocational office education, marketing and distributive education, industrial cooperative training and vocational education for the handicapped. He retired in 1985 after 37 years in education, 19 with SSISD and 18 in Lamar County.

New members of the SSHS NTHS

The 44 new members inducted into the Geral Kennedy Chapter of NTHS on April 12, 2021, included: Alaisha Alvarado, Trinity Ashford, Emily Atkinson, Beau Bankston, Alex Botello, Bailee Burnett, Claire Bybee, Addison Caddell, Litzy Chacon, Fernando Chimal, Emily Dick, Elly Eddins, Emma Eddins, Padraig Flanary, Alex Flecker, Jaslyn Galvan, Priscilla Gaspar, Cable Glenn, Mayra Gudinao, Peyton Hamrick, Juan Hernandez, Caroline Hurley, Vanessa Lara, Baylie LArge, Madison Martin, Corde Mayo, Kelsea Meadows, Avery Moss, Carter Owen, Aiken Owens, Macy Pepys, Ashley rodriguez, Aidyn Rogers, Paige Seagraves, jacob Semler, Kaitlyn Tiemeyer, Michelle Tiherin, Aaliyah Valles, Jadyn Van Winkle, Joel Villarino, Tyler Warner, Sadie Washburn, Jessica Yanez and Emily Zarco.

In order to remain a member in good standing, each NTHS member must continue to meet all requirements, participate in one community service project through the CTE program as well as a group project to be determined by the NTHS members.

Recognized as returning members of the Geral Kennedy Chapter of NTHS were Savannah Allen, Lizbeth Alvarez, Miranda Baugh, Cameron Beard, Freddie Gomez, Annie Horton, Norrisa Lane, Raydon McCormack, Makayla Pullen, Daniel Soto, Harleigh Stegient, Jasmin Vargas, Kerie Wright and Rorie Young.

National Honor Society

National Honor Society is built upon four pillars: scholarship, leadership, character, and service. Once students reach a weighted GPA of 3.2 or higher, they then fill out an application that lists their community involvement, volunteer projects, and any extracurricular activities they are involved in. These applications are then reviewed and students are invited to be a part of the National Honor Society. 

The SSHS Honor Society Chapter is named in honor of Gladys Alexander, the teacher who not only founded the organization in 1940 but also the Student Council, and aided in the organization of the Lee Willis Chapter of the Future Teachers of America. She taught band, drill team, football, Latin, English, history and almost every subject except agriculture. She retired in 1961, but her contributions to education didn’t end there. She became a substitute teacher and taught summer school after retirement. In 1966, the SSHS National Honor Society Chapter was named after Gladys Alexander to honor the tradition of excellence in academic she started at the school.

SSHS NHS President Lizabeth Alvarez, Vice-President Mariam Tran, Secretary Kendall Little and Treasurer Paige Daniel conducted the ceremony, each lighting a candles to symbolize the organization’s purposes: scholarship, service, leadership and character

New members of the NHS

The 64 new members inducted into the Gladys Alexander Chapter of the National Honor Society include Alaisha Alvarado, Harley Archer, Brooklyn Ameson, Trinity Ashford, Emily Atkinson, Connor Bailey, Beau Bankston, Ashtyn Bettis, Paige Bimmerle, Kason Blake, Alex Botello, Clayton Boykin, Bailee Burnett, Claire Bybee, Addison Caddell, Dawson Carpenter, Litzy Chacon, Fernando Adrian Chimal, Tyler Cooper, Anayeli De La Cruz, Emily Dick, Jason Luke Dietze, Padraig Flanary, Alex Flecker, Jaslyn Galvan, Priscilla Gaspar, Cable Glenn, Mayra Gudino, Justin Price Haire, Peyton Hammack, Benjamin Hatcher, Juan P. Hernandez, Eliana E. Johnson, Vanessa Lara, Baylie Large, Lige Leavens, Savannah Lilley, Madison Martin, Kelsea Meadows, Jose R. Mejia, Kirsten Paige Miesse, Mayer Millsap, Carter Owen, Rose Oyad, Macy Pepys, Fabian Perez, Reese Rabe, Shelby Ray, Marco Rivera, Katelyn Robinson, Ashley Rodriguez, Aidyn Rogers, Paige Seagraves, Jacob Semler, Matthew Sherman, Imani Smith, Katie Tiemeyer, Michelle Tijerin, Jadyn VanWinkle, Joel Villarino, Tyler Warner, Jessica Yanez and Emily Zarco.

Two-year members of the NHS

Two-year members of NHS are obligated to behave honorably, generously and responsibly to others. Their primary focus is literacy, and hope to be able to spend time reading with elementary students to help them improve their reading abilities.

Recognized Monday night as two-year members of the Gladys Alexander Chapter of the National Honor Society were Harrison Allen, Savannah Allen, Lizbeth Alvarez, Cameron Beard, Rylan Brewer, Kip Childress, Paige Daniel, Addison DeSmet, Elly Eddins, Emma Eddins, Carolina Escobedo, Cheyenne Fouse, Freddie Gomez, Matthew Harper, Annie Horton, Caroline Hurley, Kaden Kirkland, Katelyn Kistler, Norissa Lane, Nathan Kendall Little, Corde Mayo, Raydon McCormack, David Moreno, Avery Moss, Aiken Owens, Mady Posey, Makayla Pullen, Kayetlynn Ricks, Trinity Sherman, Hannah Shultz, Matthew Singleton, Galilea Sosa, Daniel Soto, Harleigh Stegient, Maci Swafford, Taylor Swatsell, Mariam Tran, Aaliyah Valles, Jasmin Vargas, Benjamin Blake Vice, Sadie Washburn, Zoe Westland, Kimberly Wheatcraft, Kerie Wright, Janine Yamaguchi and Rorie Young.

Author: Faith Huffman

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