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Members include, back row: Steven Mayers, Alisha Gehlert, Caitlyn Duresky, Katey Lutz, Nathan Anderson, Mark Geerdes, Shelene Head and Johanna Weidenborner. Front row: Rebekah Anderson, Kristi Geerdes, Megan Poxleitner, Mandy Pula and Cassie Vollhaber.

Induction feremony for the National Honor Society and National Junior Honor Society

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Bemidji, 56619
Bemidji Minnesota P.O. Box 455 56619

On March 15, four students were inducted into the National Honor Society and one student inducted into the National Junior Honor Society at Kelliher Public School.

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Shelene Head, Katey Lutz, Cassie Vollhaber and Johanna Weidenborner, all sophomores became the new members for the NHS. The new inductees join Rebakah Anderson, Kristi Geerdes, Megan Poxleitner, Caitlyn Duresky, Debra Mayers and Alisha Gehlert.

In the NJHS, the new member is Nathan Anderson, eighth grade. He joins Danielle Nistler, Mandy Pula, Mark Geerdes and Steven Mayers.

The induction ceremony was held at 9 a.m. at the Kelliher School with middle and high school students, parents and grandparents in attendance. Michellle Frenzel from Blackduck, was the guest speaker and also a former NHS member from Kelliher. There was a brunch after the ceremony made by the Kelliher cooks and April 3, there will be a banquet at West Winds Supper Club in Waskish.

This honor, recognized throughout the nation, is the public recognition of accomplishment and a private commitment to continue excellence on the part of the members. Therefore, much care is given to the guidelines that go with the selection process.

Selection to the NHS and NJHS is a privilege, not a right. Students are not applying for this membership; rather they provide information and the information is then used by a faculty council, made up of five faculty members, to determine if standards (set at national and local levels) established have been met.

There are five areas that students are assessed in to be considered for candidacy: academics, leadership, service, character and citizenship. Students must first pass the academics (a grade point average of 3.2 or better) to be considered for candidacy. Eligible candidates then fill out an activity form and turn it in. Theys are also given a numerical rating by their teachers in the areas of leadership, service and character. The faculty council then meets to review information gathered and vote. Students win with a majority vote.

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