Thirty-six Grandview Heights High School juniors were inducted April 10 into the school's Alphega Chapter of the National Honor Society.
The ceremony held in the school auditorium included an address by Ken Carter, a popular substitute teacher at the high school known for his use of humor in class.
But Carter spoke seriously to the NHS members, advising them to apply the four pillars of the society -- character, scholarship, leadership and service -- throughout their lives.
"Always be ready to learn," Carter said.
While a university education will help get one's career started, it is one's worth ethic, ability to be a team player and willingness to learn that will allow one to climb the ladder to success, he said.
The 2016 inductees are Andrew Bergmann, Jonah Bode, Micah Clark Moody, Jayla Coplan, Anna Dobies, Eli Evans, Gillian Everett, Claire Fishpaw, Dylan Fitch, Hunter Fitch, Calvin Furbee, Jing George, Dylan Gerdes, Eli Hall, Brad Jagers, Maddy James, Jenna Keller, Ben Kelley, Jake Kelley, Sophia Koester, Avani Kumar, Carolyn LaPrete, Kirsten Lower, Sadie Luckenbach, Sarah Marrone, Erin McLauchlan, Hannah Meyer, Ben Murphy, Cameron Richards, Tristan Roman, Julian Romero-Rose, Wes Ryan, Gus Simonini, Luke Sterneker, Taylor Wilson and Matt York.
The number of students earning membership in the honor society is impressive, given Grandview's small size, said Emily Meister, who serves as co-adviser with RaeAnna Wieland.
Students must have at least a 3.5 grade-point average and complete at least 50 hours of volunteer community service to qualify, she said.
Each student also must receive recommendations from three faculty members.
"We always have a large number of students who are selected for National Honor Society, and I think it says as much about our community as it does about our students," Meister said.
"It shows that our community embraces and values the four pillars of NHS," she said.
During the year, National Honor Society members participate in a number of community and fundraising projects, Wieland said.
This year's projects included raising funds for the American Heart Association through a Red Out that included a donation drive, T-shirt sale and charity three-point-shooting competitions during basketball games.
The junior members of the society also will host an ice-cream social for graduating seniors, Wieland said.