Twenty-six Grandview Heights High School juniors were inducted in the GHHS Alphega Chapter of the National Honor Society on April 12 in a ceremony in the school auditorium attended by students, parents and guests.

Twenty-six Grandview Heights High School juniors were inducted in the GHHS Alphega Chapter of the National Honor Society on April 12 in a ceremony in the school auditorium attended by students, parents and guests.

The inductees include Judy Basting, Mia Bell, Ben Brannan, Hunter Carty, Adam Cincione, Zach Clemens, Alex Cochran, Anna Davis, Chase Douglass, Anna Field, Maureen Flanagan, Chase Gage Erica Jackson, Lauren Jones, Arnetta McVey Moffatt, Julia Menke, Layne Mikanik, Courtney O'Mara, Anna Oberla, Cristina Pinney, Abby Riggs, Lindsey Smith, Luke Snider, Cory Ventresca, Trevor Voelker and Taylor Woodhouse.

The ceremony included an address by Grandview Board of Education President Grant Douglass.

By exhibiting the four pillars of the National Honor Society - scholarship, leadership, service and character - and earning membership in the society, the honored students belong to a rare group, Douglass said.

"As you go through life, you will find that not many people have all four of those characteristics," he said.

Only about 1.5 percent of all students nationwide are accepted into National Honor Society, Douglass said.

That distinction is an indication that this year's honorees are prepared for the future and the challenges they will face, he said.

Following Douglass' remarks, each new inductee was introduced as a current NHS member read excerpts from an essay each wrote for his or her application.

To qualify for NHS induction, students must earn at least a 3.5 grade point average and meet community service requirements, said RaeAnna Wieland, who serves as NHS co-adviser with Emily Meister.

A faculty committee reviewed each application and made the final selections for membership, Wieland said.

During the school year, NHS members complete a number of charitable and school activities, including hosting the Education Foundation's annual gala and conducting a carnation sale for homecoming, Meister said.

"They are a great group of kids," she said.

A lot of the credit for their success lies with the examples set by their parents, grandparents and other members of the Grandview community, Meister said.

For a small school such as Grandview, having 26 members of the junior class earning membership in NHS says a lot, Wieland said - not only about the students, but about the district and the community.