If the current trend continues, the Grandview Heights High School auditorium stage soon may be too small to accommodate the school's National Honor Society induction ceremony.
Forty-eight Grandview juniors -- out of a class of 85 -- were inducted April 1 into the society's Alphega chapter at the school.
It's the largest number of Grandview students inducted in a single year, said RaeAnna Wieland, who serves as NHS co-adviser with Maria Murphy.
"When you consider the size of our school, it's an amazing number of students who qualified for induction," Wieland said. "It says a lot about the quality of students we have and their dedication to academic excellence and service."
The 2019 inductees are:
Sam Amurgis, Taylor Beight, Luke Berlin, Claire Bower, Spencer Browning, Emily Bullock, Janey Coplan, Ross Day, Paige DeNiro, Liza DeVere, Oscar Dunkle, James Elliott, Izzy Evans, Charlie Ferguson, Daniel Field; Jack Freeman;
Taylor Fultz, Hallie Georskey, Bryan Gilleland, Emma Hall, Ginny Haupt, Sally Hofmans-Currie, Addison Holcomb, Charlie Jones, Josh Keil, Jack Kessler, Lara Kowalcyk, Emmalyn Kukura, Ravi Kumar, Luke Lachey, Lauren Leach, Mabel Mattingly;
Liz McDermott, Leila Meyer, Christopher Miller, Claudette Moul, Ethan Page, Ava Rehbeck, Jenna Richards, Josh Roemer, Georgia Ryan, Amelia Sturbois, Carter Taylor, Lance Trares, Annie Volker, Meghan Watters, Brian Wood and David Zimmerman.
Students must have at least a 3.5 grade-point average and complete at least 50 hours of volunteer community service to qualify, Wieland said.
"They are also selected based on meeting the four pillars of National Honor Society, which are service to community, scholarship, leadership and character," she said.
Students applying for NHS membership also must receive recommendations from three faculty members, Wieland said.
The induction ceremony is attended by all Grandview High School students.
"The other students are involved in a lot of different activities and organizations and many of them are highly motivated to do well," Wieland said. "I think watching students from the junior class being recognized and going through the induction ceremony inspires younger students to want to have that experience, too.
"We also have a lot of students whose siblings have been in the National Honor Society and that's an influence as well," she said. "We had three or four NHS members this year who were able to introduce their younger siblings who were being inducted."
Senior Brett Holcomb is serving as the 2018-19 NHS chapter president at the high school.
"It's nice to be part of a group that is working together to make a difference," he said. "People who are in National Honor Society are motivated to succeed and to help others, and there's a greater ability to make a difference collectively than individually."
During April, the society is working with the school's Key Club to conduct a Pennies for Patients fundraiser to benefit the Leukemia & Lymphoma Society, Holcomb said.
Students are being encouraged to donate their loose change to the campaign and to bring their contributions to their academic options classes, which meet twice weekly, he said.
The goal is to raise $500, one coin at a time, Holcomb said.
The students in the academic options class that raises the most funds will earn an doughnut party, Wieland said.
For the new members of the honor society, their first project will be to host the annual ice-cream social for the senior class held on the graduating students' last day, she said.