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Five members inducted into NHS

DCHS Journalism

Jean Soderlund

January 27, 2018

Five students were inducted into National Honor Society on January 23.  The inductees are juniors Cindy Sheaffer and Kaden O'Hare and sophomores Erin May, Anna Carter and Trae Woolsey.


To be eligible for NHS, students must have an accumulated grade point average of at least 3.4, have documented service hours, and exhibit the qualities of character, service, and leadership.  Eligible students must complete an application, and then an advisory board of teachers determines acceptance into the organization.


“I was surprised I got in,” said Cindy. “The process was difficult because I had to keep my grades up and also do community service.”


The banquet started with a meal in the school cafeteria, cooked by administrators Troy Pitsch and Ben Jimenez.  Then members and guests moved to the library for the ceremony.  Presiding over the induction ceremony were officers Emily Howland, Zeke Jimenez, Kole Breth, Stacia Russ and Kel Grafel. The DCHS Singers also performed.


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Former USD 294 Superintendent/Principal Duane Dorshorst was the guest speaker.  He spoke about not just the four pillars of NHS (scholarship, service, leadership, and character) but the words that precede the pillars: to create enthusiasm for scholarship, to stimulate a desire to render service, to promote leadership, and to develop character. He said that when you consider those additional words, it makes it all a little tougher to be a member.


“Not only do you have to get good grades, but you have to create enthusiasm for scholarship. How do you do that?” asked Mr. Dorshorst.  “Take pride in what you do, support your teachers, and help others to achieve at high levels.”


Mr. Dorshorst also spoke about servant leadership, which combines the pillars of service and leadership – leading with the focus of putting the needs of other people before your own. Examples of servant leaders are Martin Luther King, Jr., Saint Theresa of Calcutta, Ghandi, and Abraham Lincoln.


He urged the students to “pay it forward.”  “It doesn’t need to be a big gesture, just a genuine one,” he said.  He gave examples of smiling at others, asking “Can I help you?” or picking up trash in the hallways when you see it.

He also challenged the members with a jump-start on servant leadership.  He gave each member a blank thank-you card and urged them to fill them out and deliver them the next day.


“Being in National Honor Society is a big deal,” Mr. Dorshorst said. “It means that you have worked hard to accomplish some very important things , but bigger things await you. . .  I challenge you to choose servant leadership to guide you through your life.  You can never go wrong when you put others before yourself, and the benefits you will receive will go far beyond what you have done for others.”


Once inducted into NHS, students must maintain a 3.4 GPA, complete service hours, and continue to demonstrate character and leadership.

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In addition to the officers and new members, NHS consists of Kaylen Ashley, Clayton Carter, Isabel Grafel, Alex Hayward, Maddie Johnson, Faith Meitl, and Dani Rouse. Trevor Williams is the club’s adviser.

Five members inducted into NHS

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