By: Gracie Stains, Contributing Writer
Twenty-nine students from Centralia High School were inducted as new members of the Prairie Queen Chapter of the National Honor Society in a ceremony held at the school on Wednesday, October 28, 2020, at 6:30 p.m. in the CHS gymnasium.
Members were selected by the chapter’s faculty council for meeting high standards of scholarship, service, leadership and character.
The following juniors were inducted into NHS this year: Griffin Anderson, John Mason Barr, Baylee Beard, Claire Bennett, Emory Biggs, Noah Brooks, Taylor Carrico, Hannah Danielson, Mara Davis, Diamond Deener, Kennedy Dickerson, Miranda Gregis, Mason Metcalf, Ryan Miller, Anna Million, Ashton Gage Pemberton, Emma Romine, ReaLee Smith, Josie Specker, Margret Stanley, Ava Stephens, Annamarie Stone, Nealia Toedebusch and Terra Veazey.
The following seniors were initiated into NHS this year: Alaina Berendzen, Christopher Marriott, Nathan Riddle, Andrew Rish and Logan West.
“We are very proud to recognize these outstanding members of our student body. National Honor Society members are chosen for and then expected to continue their exemplary contributions to the school and community,” said Mrs. Danielle Bennett, chapter adviser.
The Centralia High School chapter has been active since 1958. Each year the chapter sponsors several service projects for the school and community. In the last few years, their services have included hosting Red Cross blood drives, distributing fruit baskets through our community during Thanksgiving and participating with CIS teachers during Missouri School Read-In Day.
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. Millions of dollars in scholarships have been awarded to senior members since 1945 by the sponsoring organization, the National Association of Secondary School Principals.