West Lyon High School conducted a National Honor Society (NHS) induction ceremony Tuesday, March 26, to welcome 19 new members from the junior and sophomore classes to the organization.
New members are juniors, Miranda Anderson, Hope Bosler, Kelsey Knoblock, and Monica Ortiz, and sophomores, Noah Blankespoor, Paige Boote, Mikaela Bruggeman, Kierstyn Dell, Amber Klarenbeek, Amy Knobloch, Keegan Knobloch, alyssa Kock, Brandilynn Kollis, Kullyn Meffert, Neil Metzger, Addie Meyer, Vaughn Moser, Paul Ter Wee, and Dylan Whalen.
NHS president, Lynelle Mogler, gave the welcome, followed by Jamie Tracy, historian, speaking about about the organization’s activities during the past year. Members gave school tours to incoming seventh graders and their parents, set up and operated games for the carnival, held a bake sale and babysat during parent-teacher conferences, shopped for needy families during the Christmas holidays, and held an Easter Egg Hunt for kindergarten students. This spring, members will enjoy a Fun Night at the Olive Garden during which they will elect officers for the 2013-14 school year.
The NHS choir women sang “All Things Bright and Beautiful” after which the evening’s speaker, MIranda Metzger, was introduced.
Metzger encouraged the NHS members, as well as others in the audience, to take risks — not the kind that might endanger their lives, but those that are healthy and creative, even though they might lead to failure and embarrassment.
“Being safe makes us feel successful,” said Metzger, “because we aren’t opening ourselves up for failure.”
She questioned the students about their potential — how much did they have and could they measure it. To determine their potential, she said they would have to take risks.
Metzger compared taking risks and finding one’s potential to climbing a ladder in the dark. A person doesn’t know what ahead (risks) as they climb each rung or how high they will go before reaching the top (potential). She added that the more things you try and risks you take, the more things you’ll find that you like and the more things you’ll want to try.
“When someone takes a risk, respect them for it. Don’t make fun of their trying, especially if they fail,” she admonished them.
As for those failures along the way, Metzger told the students they didn’t have to be perfect, but they should not slack off. Using the acronym “Get back in the saddle,” she encouraged them to be persistent and to push their “potential ceiling” higher and higher.
Following the speaker, Mulder explained the NHS selection process used to choose new members. Induction of the new members was then conducted by the 2012-13 NHS officers, Lynelle Mogerl, president, who talked about leadership; Chad Knoblock, vice-president, who talked about scholarship; Rachel Simons, secretary, who talked about service, and Weston Knobloch, treasurer, who talked about Character. Historian, Jamie Tracy, and NHS advisor, Audrey Halverson also assisted.
Lighting of candles and recitation of the NHS pledge by all members completed the ceremony.
Following closing remarks, lunch was served to NHS members and others attending the event.