By Brad Hoggatt, RESC Correspondent
On Tuesday, September 25, Union City Junior/ Senior High School celebrated those students who regularly work to go above and beyond the academic standards set upon them by their teachers with a “Celebration of Academic Excellence” assembly. The entire student body, grades 7-12, were present to witness the return these students received from their hardwork and perseverance.
UCJSHS Seniors Jacob Curry, Sophia Spence, Reagan Hoggatt, and Courtney Whitesel all received an Academic chevron from building principal, Mr. Aaron Black, to put on their Academic Honors Jackets. The additional chevron represents the two semester’s worth of straight A’s they each received during their Junior year of school. Additionally, Juniors Derick Williams, Mya Maloy, Grace Collins, Evelyn Downey, Heidi Livingston, Morgan Wymer, and Katie Reichard each earned their Academic Honors Jacket. This honor is awarded to students who successfully complete 4 consecutive semesters of high school with straight A’s.
At this presentation, as well, the UCJSHS Chapter of National Honor Society held its annual Induction Ceremony. The ceremony was fully lead by NHS Senior members Maria Casillas-Romero, Courtney Whitesel, Brayden Davis, Sydney Ralston, Reagan Hoggatt, Sophia Spence, Jacob Curry, and Emalee Bocanegra. These current members gave speeches on the four pillars of the National Honor Society- Scholarship, Leadership, Character, and Service- and lead the NHS pledge for the new inductees. Those Juniors and Seniors earning membership this year included Madison Fischer, Shelby King, Emily O’Connor, Katie Reichard, Derick Williams, Evelyn Downey, Mya Maloy, Mogan Wymer, Braxton Wright, Mikayla Green, Mackenzie Green, Heidi Livingston, and Grace Collins.
At Union City Junior/ Senior High School, a student whose GPA is at, or above, a 3.3 is invited to start the membership process. Those wishing to be considered must then create a resume and cover letter, highlighting their service opportunities and leadership examples and potential. A Selection Committee is established at school, made up of varying staff members, who then reads and evaluates each letter and resume. Scores are earned for each pillar on a scale of 1 to 4, 4 being the highest score a student can earn. Students earning membership into National Honor Society have collected an average of 11 points or more through this process. Though membership into NHS must solely be based on the four guiding principles listed, each school can go about the selection process differently.
This year’s Selection Committee at Randolph Eastern was made up of staff members Kylee Hopkins, Becky Kuehl, Brittani Dickmann, Jennifer Vincent, Diane Sutter, Laura Elliott, Valerie Overleese, and Gianna Pollitt, as well as RESC Board Member Linda Puccini.