By Elyana Schosek
The local Springville-Griffith Institute chapter of the National Honor Society just gained a whole lot of new members.
On April 30, 29 SGI students were inducted into the local National Honor Society (NHS) chapter after being selected based on their academics by proving they possess the four additional traits of character, scholarship, leadership and service.
The new inductees are Emma Gang, Alyssa Greaves, Matt Agle, Hannah Bergner, Kaitlyn Bishop, Ashley Blesy, Ty Dash, Emily Ehlers, Elliot Emley, Brianna Kruszka, Morgan Kotlarsz, Jessica Engel, Destiny Lightcap, Hannah Milbrand, Wyatt Fuller, Nathan Myers, Greg Oakley, Rachel O’Neal, Daniel Roudebush, Emily Schlemmer, Beth Schneider, Jessie Seifert, Aedan Smith, Mary Snyder, Abigail Steiner, Nick Sullivan, Sydney Wittmer and Samantha Yetter.
NHS is an organization that recognizes high school students for their hard work and dedication in both their school and their community.
Last week’s ceremony began with an introduction and opening remarks from the current NHS President Abby Stressinger.
“We are gathered here to formally recognize those students who have been selected by the faculty of our school for successfully completing their candidacy and are being inducted as new members of our NHS chapter,” Stressinger said.
Current Board of Education President Allison Duwe next spoke about what she believes the pillars of NHS to stand for along with, a short description of how each can be achieved.
James Bialasik, High School principal, gave his own remarks, congratulating the newest inductees into the NHS. He also thanked Duwe for her “inspirational words.”
“Our hope is that this induction ceremony is really the start of your journey, the beginning,” Bialasik said. “That these four words come to stand for aspirations, that they stand for ideals, that they represent not only who each of you are but more importantly who you’d like to become.”
After briefly discussing each of the pillars, Bialasik told the students to remember that ‘smart’ is not something you are, but something you become. He also referenced one of his “go-to” authors in regard to the topic of leadership, John Maxwell.
“Service can be an extravagant act or it can be as simple as listening to a classmate who is having a tough day,” he continued. Bialasik defined character as “how do you act when no one is looking,” then referenced a quote from Albert Einstein, “Weakness of attitude is weakness of character.”
“You are all great ambassadors for our school, for our district, for this community, and most importantly, for your families,” Bialasik said.
Jackson Richert continued the ceremony with an expression of gratitude to Nils Wikman, a full-time teacher at SGI, for everything he has done over the years. Wikman is also a member of the Springville Village Board and a leader of Springville’s National Honor Society for many years.
“Although he has had to step down from NHS this year, he has still done so much to help the organization this year and in years past,” Richert said. “He deserves to be honored for his dedication to the program and to the community.”
“I was just talking to Mr. Bialasik on the way in about how quickly this year has gone by,” Wikman said, “and then I looked at my watch and realized it’s been 19 years I’ve been here, and it’s probably the best job I’ve ever had”.
Each pillar was summarized and elaborated upon by a current member of Springville’s National Honor Society. Scholarship by Sadie Olrogg, leadership by Rebecca Moriarty, service by Samantha Gorski and character by Gwendolyn Fruehauf.
Each new inductee crossed the stage to receive their official token of membership and shake hands with Joe DeMartino, Diane Waterman and Bialasik before returning back to their seat.
National Honor Society acknowledges the effort selected students put into their academics and the dedication they have for their community in the form of: scholarship, leadership, service, and character.