The Great Bend High School chapter of National Honor Society initiated new members for the 2012-13 school year on May 15.
Initiates included Selam Ball, Mary Beuoy, Erin Bowers, Kira Bunn, Greg Burley, Jesus Carbajal, Maria Chavez, Jun Rui Chen, Ryan Clark, Kaylie Doll, Kelsie Doll, Logan Evers, Aaron Goerl, Morgan Harwood, Brooke Henning, Hannah Hildebrand, Blake Hinson, Marissa Hoisington, Cameron Jackson, Abigail Juarez, Justin Kuhlman, Colton Lagerman, Taylor Latham, Ema Lovric, Kellie MacManaman, Melanie Maneth, Sara McAfee, Jami McVay, Emilie Murray, Trey Newkirk, Devani Prieto, Emilie Regier, Alaycia Ryan, Aaron Sanko, Brianna Schartz, Tarynn Stueder, Kaitlynn Tuey, Megan Van Skike, Alexis Werth, Cocherell Wieland, Tarijua Williams, Alec Witt and Logan Zecha.
In order to qualify for NHS, students must have a 3.8 cumulative GPA, provide evidence of leadership and participate in school activities and community service. They must be involved in no disciplinary actions and have no excessive absences or tardies. They must also have written recommendations from teachers and submit a formal application to a selection board.
To retain membership, they have to maintain a 3.8 GPA, complete 15 hours of community service per semester, show good character in school and in the community and have no disciplinary actions against them.
The purpose of NHS is to recognize excellence in character, academics and community service.
Begun in 1994, the club is involved in a number of community-wide service projects including sponsoring the GBHS Cares trophy, holding a major food drive for the Barton County Food Bank and raking leaves in the fall to raise money to send money overseas. Last year the group also began the Circle of Friends made up of interested NHS members and high school students in special services.