Rod Lewis/News-Sun Sheyla Ravelo receives congratulations after being inducted into the National Junior Honor Society Tuesday night at Lake Placid Middle School.
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published: Friday, October 04, 2013
118 inducted into National Junior Honor Society at LPMS
By ROD LEWIS
LAKE PLACID -- Tuesday was a special night for Lake Placid Middle School as 118 students were inducted into the National Junior Honor Society.
"The National Junior Honor Society is a service organization with high academic standards and criteria," said Mary Pinson, who is the faculty sponsor of the organization. "Membership is based on national criteria including: scholarship, character, service, leadership, and citizenship."
Once the student is inducted into the society they are expected to attended regular meetings, participate in service activities, provide leadership, maintain outstanding character and maintain academic excellence. Each of the inductees must have a 3.5 grade point average to be invited, and maintain at least a 3.2 GPA once inducted.
Principal Julia Burnett commented on the large number of qualified students that were eligible for the society in her opening remarks, then Pinson led the recommitment of the students who were already members of the society and recommitted for another year in the society.
Jennifer Palmer, president, gave an introduction of the values and what the society represents, then each of the values, or "the responsibilities of membership," were discussed. Derek Russell, vice president, talked about scholarship; Gracie Smoak, secretary, discussed character; Caitlyn Byrd, treasurer, presented leadership; Grace Duncan, historian, related citizenship; and service was the responsibility of Historian Katharine McClellan. A candle was lit corresponding to each responsibility that it symbolized during the program.
"Most of the service opportunities are at the school as a convenience to the parents," Pinson said. "They help with lock-ins, tours, such as the open house, creating cards for wounded warriors at Walter Reed Hospital as well as two of the hospitals here in the state of Florida. They also help with projects on the campus."
It is not all work, however. There is a reward for all of the hard work the students put in. At the end of the year there is a trip that is a joint project with the society and the student council. There are plans to go to Disney World and as an educational field trip they are going to the Spirit of America. The field trip focuses on what the students have learned in civics and history classes.
One of the additional benefits for the students is during the spring, when Pinson gives a seminar on going to college and the opportunities for college scholarships. Being in the society is important for students to obtain the scholarships.
This is the third year Pinson has been the sponsor at LPMS after being the sponsor at Hill-Gustat Middle School in Sebring for eight years. She said she believes the program is excellent for the students to learn how to be a leader, that being a leader also involves character and citizenship and that being the role model is the most important thing.
Yiley Acosta, one of 35 eighth graders who recommitted to the society, talked about some of the things that she did last year including a trip to the Archbold Biological Station where the students walked the trails and learned about the plants and the animals that are in the area. She also mentioned the trip to Busch Gardens where they went behind the scenes. Acosta is involved and has earned a perfect a perfect 4.0 GPA.
One of the eighth graders inducted is Sheyla Ravelo, who also boasts a 4.0 GPA. Ravelo mentioned that in the past her GPA came up just short of the requirements to be inducted so she said she "worked harder and here I am." Ravelo said she looks forward to meeting new people and having a good time in the society.
For more information about the LPMS, contact Pinson at email@example.com or call 699-5030.
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