Union High School’s annual induction ceremony for the National Honor Society (NHS) was held on Sunday, March 25, 2018. A total of 23 students were inducted into the school’s chapter and 22 additional students received their gold cords for graduation.

To be eligible for membership consideration, students must be juniors or seniors and have a cumulative grade point average of 3.5 at the end of Trimester 1. Additionally, candidates must meet high standards of service, leadership, and character.

Leadership is based on the student’s participation in community or school activities and any elected leadership roles within those activities. To meet the service requirement, the student must have been active in three or more service projects in the school and community. Character is measured in terms of integrity, behavior, ethics, and cooperation with both students, faculty, coaches and/or activity sponsors.

Students are reviewed by a faculty council consisting of five members of the faculty appointed by the NHS adviser.

As members of NHS, these students will now engage in a number of individual and chapter service projects. In previous years these have included participation in the Northeast Iowa Food Bank’s Student Food Drive, packing BackPacks for the Northeast Iowa Food Bank, hosting blood drives, responding to children’s letters to Santa, donating water and food to students during Iowa Assessment testing, volunteering at homes through Habitat for Humanity, hosting a mini-Dance Marathon to benefit a Children’s Hospital, visiting patients in the Veterans Affairs Hospital in Iowa City, making a meal and cleaning at the Ronald McDonald House, and more.

“The service projects our National Honor Society members take on provide them opportunities for leadership in and outside of the classroom that they might not have otherwise gotten,” stated NHS adviser Amy Kriz.

“Members get to vote on their projects and they are often chosen because of personal interests or connections. Because of that, I always see a lot of personal growth and it’s very rewarding to see the impact they make on each other and the community.”

Members of Union High School’s Class of 2019 inducted into the National Honor Society on March 25: Allie Carty, Megan Carty, Kody Crawford, Hannah Gates, Joe Gloede, Kyle Gross, Tori Hadachek, Mackenna Hatch, Chloe Heitmann, Mary Jenkins, Jayden Jolley, Cylie McNeal, Emily Miehe, Valerie Ryan, Olivia Sash, Zeke Seuser, Clayton Sparks, Carter Spore, Holly Wandschneider, Nolan Wandschneider and Aidan Wilson and seniors Emma Rottinghaus and Emily Wilson. Gold Cord recipients were seniors: Carter Brehm, Hailee Brown, Hunter Fleshner, Wesley Hanson, Lauren Harrigan, Payton Hellman, Daniel Johanningmeier, Abigail Johnson, Autumn Kies, Meghan Klein, Morgan Niebergall, Jacob Oppermann, Emma Peters, Audrey Powers, Cade Rahlf, Emma Rottinghaus, Emily Schmidt, Sophie Selk, Taylor Short, Austin Timmer, Isabelle Werner, Emily Wilson.