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Estacado NJHS inducts new members

Estacado NJHS


Estacado NJHS inducts new members

Twenty-three Estacado Middle School students were inducted into the Estacado Middle School chapter of the National Junior Honor Society (NJHS) on Thursday evening at Estacado.

Selection for NJHS membership is an honor and induction of new members is an important tradition for the student, the chapter, and the school. The new inductees were selected because they meet the scholarship requirements – a 4.65 cumulative grade point average -  and have demonstrated by their activities their adherence to the society’s principles.

Seventh grade inductees include Alondra Alderete, Zayden Alston, Jasmine Cavazos, Faith Garza, Isaac Garza, Austin Gatica, Zack Gutierrez, Angel Ibarra Gomez, Chance Jones, Matthew Marin, Phoenix Mitchell, Kaylee Pierce, Noah Rendon, Trinity Rojas, Alex Rush, and Jazmyn Valdez.

Eighth grade inductees are Jaivan Alvarez, Magdalena Benzor, Mikayla Carrillo, Adrian Castro, Zoei Finch, Adrian Martinez, and Gonzalo Medina.

During the ceremony, the society’s principles - scholarship, leadership, service, citizenship, and character – were highlighted by members of the Plainview High School chapter of the National Honor Society. As a candle was lit to represent each of the principles, a PHS NHS member explained the importance of the principle to new members and those in attendance. Plainview High NHS members participating include Ingrid DeSantiago, Scholarship and Citizenship; Lucy Hernandez, Leadership; Lauren Hukill, Service; and Lori Gauntt, Character.  

Sharon Wright, PISD Executive Director for Curriculum and Instructional Services, led the charge and was guest speaker for the event.

Megan Bauer introduced each of the new inductees.

Estacado principal Ritchie Thornton, with the assistance of NJHS advisor Jolee Dietrich presented  ertificates to the new inductees. Current members of the Estacado NJHS presented membership pins and cards.

New inductees participated in a candle lighting ceremony and recited the following pledge to complete their induction into the school's chapter: “I pledge myself to uphold the high purposes of the Estacado National Junior Honor Society to which I have been selected. I will be true to the principles for which it stands. I will be loyal to my school and will maintain and encourage high standards of Scholarship, Service, Leadership and Character.”

NJHS is a national recognition program established in 1929 and found in schools in every state and more than 70 countries. The Estacado chapter was established in 1997.

Returning members of the Estacado NJHS are Erika Armas, Roland Bollinger, Sophie Cain, Alyssa Castillo, James Hall, Shirin Harleston, Eleazar Hernandez, Susana Hernandez, Gavin Jones, Jose Lara, Kathryn Long, Nicole Martinez, Erika Medina, Campbell Offield, Nyah Rosas, Brianna Salazar, Kelsie Valdez, Jordan Wallace, and Brooke Williams.

Members of the NJHS Faculty Council include Staci Barrett, Megan Bauer, Anita Garcia, Nancy Hannon, and Melissa Wilkinson.