The Austintown Fitch National Honor Society hit a landmark last Thursday when the members held their 50th induction ceremony. The inductees included four seniors and 47 juniors. For a brief time, the new members will join with the current 64 members as they prepare to hand the gavel over to the next class this fall.
To be selected for the National Honor Society requires a student meet certain criteria, according to present Vice President Angela Murphy.
"A student has to maintain at least a 3.5GPA and must put in a minimum of 20 hours of community service," Murphy said. "It is then up to the teachers to nominate members based on character, scholarship, leadership and service."
Austintown Fitch seniors inducted into the National Honor Society on Thursday, April 5 included Lauren Ferguson, Brianna Banko, Jake Clasen, and Katelyn Bower.
Once a candidate is approved, they are placed on the list for the annual induction ceremony. The candidates dress up as if attending a red carpet affair and walk the aisle in the Fitch auditorium, ending up on stage before the entire school. During the ceremony, they take the pledge and join the elite group of students as members of the NHS.
The Fitch NHS also annually inducts one staff member as an honorary member of the society. That person is selected by the membership.
"In selecting our honorary member, we choose a staff member who exemplifies the four pillars of NHS: character, scholarship, service, and leadership," said Amanda Rouan, NHS publicity chair. "A staff member who has gone above and beyond their duties; one whom the NHS members admire and respect. We choose someone who means a lot to us, and has done much for us. We hold a meeting in which any member can nominate a staff member and then the following week, all NHS members vote."
For the 50th induction ceremony, the staff nominee selected was Lauren Mechling, senior guidance counselor.
"She was chosen based on her unwavering commitment to the class of 2012," Rouan said, "and all of the work she has willingly and happily done for us."
The interesting part is that Mechling and the rest of the school did not know of the selection. The NHS membership keeps it a secret until the announcement is made during the ceremony.
With the latest induction complete, the Fitch NHS will now look forward to setting things up for the coming school year. In about a month, the NHS members will hold elections for next year's officers.
"We will then pass the torch," said present NHS President Zach Warmouth.
Seniors inducted this year included Brianna Banko, Katelyn Bower, Jake Clasen, and Lauren Ferguson. Juniors inducted this year include: April Arquilla, Zarek Bell, Alexis Benyo, Zoey Butka, Alana Callahan, Amanda Choma, Jaclynn Choma, Alicia Clark-Williams, Kara Cleckner, Shannon Clegg, Caitlin Coble, Alyssa Conn, Sarah Davis, Mariah DeFuria, Miranda DeFuria, Briana Edwards, Paul Farbman, Kirstie Feorene, Patrick Ferguson, Emily Fisher, Gabriella Gessler, Sara Greathouse, Jonathan Guerrier, Sara Guittar, Kyle Gumble, Jocelyn Hykes, Rachel Jones, Donald Kohler, Ken Kilpatrick, Kara Klem, Amanda Learn, Michael Marcis, David Matheny, Megan Miller, Vincent Morocco, Matthew Mullins, Tyler Pabst, Kayla Pupio, Tiffany Rapovy, Marissa Ranalli, Brandon Rivello, Mariah Roberts, Anthony Sarachene, Sarah Sheffield, Kelly Vesey, Emily Wirtz, and Emily Wyant.