National Junior Honor Society inducts 13 members

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Pictured above are current NJHS members and the 13 students that were inducted.

New Haven’s National Junior Honor Society (NJHS) held this year’s induction ceremony last Friday.  The ceremony began with opening remarks from Julie Westermeyer, sponsor, explaining the many activities that the NJHS has done throughout the year.

Westermeyer said, “We hold a food drive after Thanksgiving to replenish depleted food supplies during the busy holiday season.  We also decorate crafts with Student Council for the nursing home residents.”  These are just a few of the projects the NJHS does throughout the school year.

NJHS President, Erin Scheer, followed Westermeyer with her opening remarks by welcoming everyone to the afternoon’s induction ceremony.  Then current members each described the five qualities a student must have to be considered for induction.  Those qualities include Scholarship, Leadership, Service, Character, and Citizenship.

Following the induction, students and their family were treated to cookies and drinks.  Below are the 13 students who were inducted during this year’s NJHS ceremony. 

The first inductee was seventh grader Emma Eichelberger.  She is active in band, choir, and basketball.  She has been part of the New Haven Community Theater in the past, Girls on the Run, and Upwards basketball.  She has also been on the honor roll and is actively involved at Bethlehem Lutheran Church.

Thomas Ley has been involved in the town basketball team, scholar bowl, and Boy Scouts.  This year, Ley was on the honor roll and is actively involved in the New Haven 4-H club where he shows his Holstein cows during the summer fairs, including at the Missouri State Fair.

Alison Long participates in cross-country, track, band, and Run to Read.  Long has also been in Student Council, Scholar Bowl, Upwards basketball and soccer, and Girl Scouts.

Brady Kruse is part of the cross-country team, basketball team, and band.  He was a Green Gazette journalist and Student Council representative.  Kruse is very active at Memorial Baptist Church by helping with Upwards basketball, soccer, choir, and the youth group.

Anna Miller is a member of the band, choir, and plays volleyball.  She has been a Student Council representative, is on the scholar bowl team, participated in Girls on the Run and is in the New Haven Theatre Company.

Aaron Penning is in band, track, and manger for the cross-country team.  He is also on the scholar bowl team, Cub Scouts, and Boy Scouts.

Justin Shockley is involved in Student Council, band, and basketball.  He was part of the Safety Patrol and 4-H.  He is currently a member of the Sons of American Legion and is involved with his church’s youth group.  Shockley has also earned many Advanced scores on the MAP test.

Will Soete is a member of Student Council, basketball, and cross-country.  He is involved in his church’s youth group and has been named Student of the Month as well as scoring Advanced on the MAP test as well.

Patricia Weatherly has helped the Care Center build floats for the parade and helps at the resale show when she has time.  Weatherly has also been on the honor roll and named student of the month.

Katie Weiser has been involved in basketball, band, Girl Scouts, and Student Council.  She has volunteered to be a Salvation Army bell ringer, named student of the month, and an honor roll student.

Nathan Allgaier has been in band, Student Council, basketball, Safety Patrol, and Boy Scouts.  He has also been on the honor roll and named student of the month.

MacKenzie Riegel was on the archery team at her previous school and is currently President of Student Council.  She has also participated in Girl Scouts, basketball, and volleyball.  She is also on the honor roll.

The finial student to be inducted was Clare Roth.  She has been active in band, Girls on the Run, basketball, volleyball, and Girl Scouts.  Clare is also a writer for the Missourian’s MyMO section and has had numerous articles published.  She was the winner of the Teamwork essay contest and has been on the honor roll as well as named Student of the Month.

Below inductees recite the NJHS pledge concluding the induction ceremony.