By Abby Sonnenberg

ECS Student Reporter

The coming of a new week brings the students at Ellicottville Central a step further to the end of the school year, and for some there is still more excitement before it all draws to a close. A group of juniors have been chosen and inducted into the National Honor Society, though for some it doesn’t feel real. Being one of these students, making it into the NHS has been a long-time aspiration of mine, but I would be lying if I said I never doubted I would reach this goal.

A formal induction was held in which the seniors who were already a part of the program spoke and welcomed the juniors, and we were encouraged as students to become the models that younger students could turn to for an example. “It feels nice to be in the NHS because a lot of younger kids strive to be a member when they’re in lower grade levels. I looked up to kids who were in the NHS before me and now it’s good feeling to be seen as that example,” said Gabby Squires, a junior new to NHS.

While the feeling may take a while to get used to, it’s an opportunity to set an example and forge a new path that the next NHS members will inevitably break away from.

Nonetheless, the NHS members are excited for what the future might bring. “I think that it’s going to be a good program and that it would look good on different resumes,” said Brennan Finn, a junior new to NHS.

To be recognized as a member of the NHS is to be recognized for the hours of work that nobody except your family – probably – has seen, to be put in the spotlight as someone worth looking up to. Though few people put in an amount of work such as this without the specific goal of induction in mind, the end point is still beyond rewarding.

Though some of our new members may doubt it, being a member of the NHS is equivalent to recognition of people who exhibit certain characteristics. People who have made it into the NHS show qualities of leadership; they are resourceful in finding new problems and actively seeking solutions and they inspire a positive attitude in others. “In my opinion, leaders are made, not born,” said Meganne Chapman, an ECS inductee. “Over the years, I have tried to emulate the empowering individuals in my life and enrich others’ lives in the process.”

NHS students are students who serve their community. They participate in activities outside of school and volunteer their time for things they enjoy or causes they believe in. “Philanthropy is something we choose to do for no personal gain,” said Louisa Benatovich, another inductee, “so it seems antithetical to have used our given time as an entrance criterion.” However, she continued, to be a part of something bigger than just ECS connects us to students across America. In this sense, we are all one big class of 2019.

They are also considered to have a well-rounded character. While this is hard to define, students with well-rounded character often take criticism willingly and actively work for self-improvement in their daily lives, and they show respect for others.

And who could forget the teachers that brought us here? They spend as much time – if not more – working as any other determined student, and when we realize this, we see that we are not the only ones with our success in mind. “It’s been an honor,” said Blair Wood, “to watch these remarkable individuals grow and prosper. To see the fruits of their labor pay off in this way is truly rewarding and is the reason why I became a teacher.”

NHS has always been known as a force for empowering and recognizing students for the determination that brought them to this point. As future seniors, I think I speak for all of this year’s NHS inductees when I say we are truly excited to set the example for the next group of great minds.