Twenty-seven Grandview Heights High School juniors were inducted Friday, April 11, into the Alphega chapter of the National Honor Society.
The ceremony, held in the school auditorium and attended by students, parents and guests, included remarks by high school Principal Ken Chaffin.
Chaffin said the inductees earned their honor by meeting the four pillars of NHS: academic achievement, service to others, leadership and character.
Following Chaffin's remarks, each new inductee was introduced by a current NHS member who 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 complete at least 50 hours of community service, said RaeAnna Wieland, who serves as co-adviser with Emily Meister.
Students also must present recommendations from two teachers before an anonymous faculty committee reviews applications and makes the final selections for membership, Wieland said.
During this school year, NHS participated in a number of activities, including collecting DVDs for donations to Nationwide Children's Hospital, raising funds by spray-painting Bobcat paw prints on the driveways of area homes and conducting a Rock the Beat fundraiser for the American Heart Association, Meister said.
About one-third of the junior class was inducted this year, she said.
"It's really impressive to have such a large percentage of our students earn a place in National Honor Society," Meister said. "It says a lot about our community and the kind of students we have here and their level of achievement."
The new inductees are: Maria Albon, Lily Amurgis, Meredith Cox, Willis Day, Morgan Ettrich, Jonathan Faris, Katie Flanagan, Emma Hecker, Hannah Kerr, Peter King, Allie Kramer, Ali Lachey, Elizabeth Lindemann, Emily Lolli, Alexis Lower, Peter Mathes, Megan McCauley, Ryan McHugh, Emma Mihocik, Madison Osborne, Grace Palmer, Paige Pickering, Rachel Pickering, Lucas Smith, Morgan Taylor, Jessica Umbarger and Allison Voelker.