September 25, 2017--Chaparral’s National Honors Society inducted ninety five juniors as this year’s new members of the organization. Students, parents, and teachers gathered in the Mary Gill Theatre and witnessed the recognition of achievements of the inductees over the course of their two years in high school. These new members are joining the current ninety-nine members for this school year. At 7:00 pm, Chaparral’s Principal Greg Gotchey officially opened the ceremony, welcoming the visitors and the inductees. He recognized the members as the “pride of Chaparral,” emphasizing how proud he is of the new members. After the introduction, the officers of NHS gave an overview of the virtues of an NHS member, which are Scholarship, Leadership, Service, and Character. “Scholarship is for having the GPA; leadership, is being involved in serving our community, and then on top of that, doing all of it with good character and integrity,” NHS adviser and math teacher Laura Bockhacker said. The traditional ceremony included the lighting of candles that represent each virtue. The new members then walked up the stage and received their respective certificates and congratulations from the principal, teachers, and NHS officers. “[NHS] is a celebration of how much they excel in so many things--scholarship, leadership, and service--being huge parts of the organization,” Bockhacker remarked. NHS has been in Chaparral for a long time, continuing to recognize the academic capacities of students. More so, it is an organization that “serves the Chaparral community and feeder areas--the whole Chaparral family in general,” Bockhacker said. NHS conducts their community services in and out of school, usually in Chaparral’s feeder schools, both Elementary and Middle Schools. They volunteer on feeder-related activities and tutoring of the students all the way through Elementary students. “Aside from their community services, we will also do the blood drive again as a big part of their project this year,” Bockhacker added. Members of NHS are available for tutoring in Chaparral as well. Tutors will be in the library, the Vogel Academic Support Center, and Star Lab. “Students can just show up, for example, in the Library and tell Mr. Larson. Let him know that you need a tutor or just look for a green sign on one of the tables. They’re usually there, sitting and waiting,” Bockhacker explained. One of the new members of NHS, Junior Haley Morris, said that “being in NHS is a privilege, a responsibility in the community, and a leadership role. It allows you to take time to serve.” Each new member needs to take at least twelve hours to do community services and six hours of tutoring. “It’s a challenge, especially because there is more schoolwork now that I’m a Junior compared to before. It is nice to help my fellow students and Chap,” Morris added.
Story by Reggie Quiming