In a ceremony marked by the traditional lighting of candles, the Harlan County High School Chapter of the National Honor Society inducted 59 new members.
NHS Officers were in charge of the ceremony.
“The inductees tonight are a special group, recognized for their academic achievement and attention to community service, leadership, character and scholarship,” said Anna Carruba, sponsor of the chapter.
During the ceremony, the HCHS JROTC presented the colors and junior class inductee Hannah Busroe sang the National Anthem.
HCHS Principal Edna Burkhart and Harlan County Schools Superintendent Mike Howard also addressed the honorees, their families and guests.
To be considered for membership, students must achieve a weighted grade point average (GPA) of 3.5 or above, a standard that is higher than the standard set nationally. This is an elite group of scholars and role models.
Inductees from the Classes of 2013 and 2014 are:
Cynthia Bailey, William Banks, Brianna Bates, Brody Belcher, Brandon Bellofatto, Bridgette Bennett, Allison Blanton, Shyla Blevins, Kayla Brock, Bethany Burke, Hannah Busroe, Zachary Caldwell, Rachel Carmical, John Wesley Cooper, Christopher Cornett, Amber Creech, Kayla Curry, Caitlin Dinsmore, Zach Doss, Ashley Duff, Renee Evans, Sawyer Fields.
Bethany Franklin, Summer Garrett, Erica Gilliam, Bridget Greene, Austin Hall, Jessica Hall, Alison Harris, Sierra Hatfield, Gary Helton, Cody Howard, Allison Johnson, Caleb Johnson, Taylor Leisge, Taylor Lemar, Maria Lewis, Bradley Lloyd, Dalton McLain, Charleigh Mefford, Sarah Miles, Deona Mimes, Regan Nease, Chelsea Niday, Carly Osborne, Trisha Perkins, Jay Phillips.
Jacob Raleigh, Marissa Rutherford, Kaitlyn Saylor, Sarah Saylor, Savannah Sergent, Katy Shepherd, Jessica Short, Aaron Stewart, Jessica Stewart, Ashlynn Thompson, Ashley White, Ashley Whitehead, and Cassidy Wright.
A reception was held in the school atrium following the ceremony.
The Harlan County High School chapter has been active since 2009.
Each year the HCHS chapter sponsors several service projects for the school and community. Over the past few years, these have included projects for Harlan County soldiers serving overseas, Christ’s Hands, Empty Stocking Fund, Angel Tree, Tri-City Easter Egg Hunt as well as individual projects.
The National Honor Society ranks as one of the oldest and most prestigious national organizations for high school students. There are chapters in more than 16,000 high schools and, since 1921; millions of students have been selected for membership.