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The Mendota High School Chapter of the National Honor Society inducted 20 students into full membership of the National Honor Society on Monday, January 29 at Mendota High School.

President Sam Becker conducted the ceremony, assisted by the current members of the National Honor Society. Becker spoke to the initiates and audience about the requirements and responsibilities of being a National Honor Society Member. Current members giving speeches included Madeline Hoelzer (scholarship), Bryson Prusator (character), Natalie Landgraf (service), and Iris Espinoza (leadership). Other current members participating in the induction ceremony included Vice-President Marie Barnickel, Co-Secretaries Ben Bokus and Morgan Marquis, and members, Rutilio Arteaga, Anthony Aughenbaugh, Grace Brandner, Jessie Dooley, Gabriela Nanez, Gabrielle Peasley, and Cheyenne West.

The initiates received a pin, certificate, and candle as symbols of the National Honor Society. Those inducted were Class of 2018 members Karina Arteaga, Adrian Espinoza, Rylee Klema, Brittany Menzel, Francisco Romero, and Pamela Taylor. Class of 2019 members inducted included Mia Artman, Peyton Baird, Katie Beetz, Myah Boelk, Melyna Covarrubias, Ilian Hernandez, Lizandra Hernandez, Phalen Hessenberger, Preston Lewis, Allison Olzcak, Abby Phalen, Gillian Sondgeroth, Jacob Stohr, and Katherine Wohrley.

To qualify for the National Honor Society at Mendota High School, a student must have a cumulative grade point average of 3.4 on a 4.0 scale. Then the teachers rate each student on their observations of the candidate’s service, character, and leadership. The final selection is made by a committee comprised of 7-9 faculty members, an administrator, and the National Honor Society sponsor. The new members and families are then notified of the selection.

Students’ names are on file at the offices of the National Association of Secondary School Principals as well as in the school’s file. Members wear a gold NHS stole at graduation and have a special designation on their diplomas.