By Tom Dinki

An Ellicottville Central School senior has been awarded a prestigious National Honor Society scholarship.

Ginna Hensel, a member of the school’s NHS chapter, was announced May 1 as one of 575 NHS Scholarship semifinalists out of more than 11,000 applicants and will receive $3,200 toward her higher education.

She was recognized for the honor at last week’s Cattaraugus County NHS annual recognition banquet at Good Times of Olean.

More than $15 million in scholarships has been awarded to outstanding NHS senior members to support college access and student success since 1946. The NHS Scholarship, supported by NHS’ parent organization, the National Association of Secondary School Principals, recognizes the most exceptional NHS members and is based on the four pillars of the NHS: scholarship, service, leadership and character.

Hensel has been involved in numerous community service activities. She has been a ski instructor at Holiday Valley Ski Resort and has advocated for student rights and safety in her school, as well as advocated for the rights of those with disabilities.

She will attend Jamestown Community College this fall.

“She has so many interests and goals that her life could end up going in any of several different directions after she graduates from high school,” said Blair Wood, Ellicottville Central School’s NHS adviser, of Hensel. “Ginna has mentioned to me before that as an ultimate goal she’d eventually like to be president of the United States. In my opinion, I don’t see that as an especially lofty goal for her.”