Mehlville honor society inducts 63 students

One by one, they walked center stage to light their candle and take their place among the academic elite at Mehlville Senior High School.

All the hard work, extra effort and late night study sessions finally paid off for a group of 63 students recently inducted into the Mehlville chapter of the National Honor Society.

Mehlville NHS President Rahul Nemani served as the master of ceremonies for the school’s 57th Annual Induction Ceremony. He gave the welcoming speech, administered the National Honor Society Oath and introduced the guest speaker.

He also announced Nathan Shepard and Katie Stuckmeyer as the newly elected junior class representatives to serve on the National Honor Society Executive Coun-cil.

During the ceremony, NHS officers read reflections about the four cardinal principles of the organization — scholarship, leadership, character and service — and then lit a candle to represent each one.

Nicole Mers talked about scholarship. Hilary Frank spoke about leadership. Derek Weiss discussed character and Amy Moran reflected on service.

Mehlville Senior High Principal Vincent Viviano began the candle lighting ceremony by discussing the importance of know-ledge and then lighting the Candle of Knowledge.

John Robinson, a retired social studies teacher, was honored to serve as the guest speaker.

In his speech, Robinson reminded the inductees to thank those responsible for their academic excellence. He also encouraged the students to hold on to their passion for learning.

To receive induction into the honor society, inductees must achieve a cumulative 3.4 grade-point average, display good citizenship and leadership qualities, demonstrate good character, perform community service and show school involvement.

Hopeful inductees also must receive written recommendations from at least two teachers.

Maureen Landwehr and Kristen Dodd serve as sponsors for the Mehlville Na-tional Honor Society, which includes 75 members inducted during the 2003-2004 school year.