TCU inducts 19 to its chapter of National Honor Society


Tri-City United Schools conferred the highest honor it can when it inducted 19 students into its chapter of the National Honor Society (NHS) on Wednesday, April 24, in Montgomery.
National Honor Society is made up of students nation-wide who have excelled and qualified in four areas: scholarship, leadership, character and service. The 19 students who were inducted join the  42 existing members of TCU NHS.
Superintendent Matt Helgerson was one of the scheduled speakers. He told the members and inductees to encourage each other to give their best effort, to help one another and to not shy away from a task, and to expect nothing but excellence. He then called on the TCU’s first graduates to remember their past and use that to succeed in the future.
“Graduates, take advantage of what you’ve learned - and this list is long - as Titan, Wildcats, Redbirds, Bulldogs and Coyotes,  and make your communities proud to call you the first Titan graduating class,” he said.
High School Principal Alan Fitterer called the NHS group with the new inductees the best of the best. He spoke highly of the members and the lengths they have gone to represent themselves and their school.
He described the qualifiers of being in NHS and how the students embody those traits. He praised the group of important students who selflessly make a difference for the good of all.
“Why is it when certain people, certain students speak, other students listen? Heads turn. Why is that?” he questioned. “Thank you, young people, for taking the time to be that very unsung important hero in someone’s life. You are the young people who make schools run, and run very well. It’s not the teachers, the staff, the principals. It is the quality young people like yourselves who demonstrate leadership every day.”
In order to be members of NHS, students must have a 3.3 or better grade point average. They must be nominated, and they must complete the application process that includes written recommendations. The information is reviewed and students are either admitted or rejected. Once inducted, students must maintain their grades and log 45 hours of community service, among other requirements.  
The local chapter of the NHS is overseen by high school English teacher Jen Davidson and guidance counselor Emily Erwin. 
TCU’s National Honor Society inductees
Emmalee Benz 
Jamison Beulke
Amber Brokl
Jeremiah Desmond
Alicia Hanson
Sarah Holicky
Mallie Jamerson
Marisa Macho
Nikole Mader
Mac Malecha
Kelly Nordling
Alec Pfarr
Emily Pieper
Katrina Reeder
Ryan Riebel
Megan Skluzacek
Kesha Sonnenburg
Julie Trnka
Chloe Tuma

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