Twenty-four Grandview Heights High School juniors were inducted in the Alphega chapter of the National Honor Society in a ceremony attended by students, parents and guests Thursday, April 18, in the school auditorium.
The inductees are: Halli Bair, Maddie Bills, Zach Brannan, Sam Brown, Mary Kate Dempsey, Natalie DePalma, Sierra Dobbs-Brown, Nick Eaton, Luke Evans, Cathleen Gleason, Luke Henningsen, Claire Holliday, Josh Keller, Noah King, Kiley Kinnard, Willy Kramer, Callie Luckenbach, Ellie MacLeod, Josie Martina, Pat McHugh, Laura Satterthwaite, Rachel Strome, Natalie Webb and Alex York.
The ceremony included an address by former Ohio State University and NFL player Jim Lachey, who lives in Marble Cliff.
Lachey encouraged students to always think about "paying it forward," noting that legendary Ohio State football coach Woody Hayes believed one can never pay back for good fortune, but can always pay forward.
While it's great to be the best at something individually, it is even more rewarding to be part of a successful team, he said.
Following Lachey's remarks, each new inductee was introduced as a current society member read excerpts from an essay each wrote for his or her application.
To qualify for society induction, students must earn at least a 3.5 grade-point average and meet community-service requirements, said Emily Meister, who serves as society co-adviser with RaeAnna Wieland.
Students also must present recommendations from two teachers. An anonymous faculty committee reviews applications and makes the final selections for membership, Meister said.
"It really says a lot about our students and their level of achievement that about 25 percent of the junior class qualified for the National Honor Society," she said.
During this school year, National Honor Society members participated in a number of activities, including raising funds by spray-painting addresses on residents' curbs and collecting DVDs for donation to Nationwide Children's Hospital, Meister said.