Ambition drives next generation

14 years ago

Ambition drives next generation

By Kelsey Park
National Honor Society Chapter President
at Presque Isle High School

    PRESQUE ISLE – When asked to describe today’s teen-agers, the terms “druggies,” “slackers” and “disrespectful” are thrown about. Too often left out of the stereotypical teen-ager depiction are those who have been able to surpass the challenges/temptations presented in the average high school environment. Albert Einstein once said, “Only a life lived for others is a life worthwhile.” What a joy it is to know that there are numerous present-day teen-agers who truly believe in and live by such a philosophy. 

    It is an honor and privilege to be president of the local National Honor Society chapter at Presque Isle High School. I do not only get to enjoy the company of this wonderful group, but am able to observe this elected organization of juniors and seniors as they reach out with the common goal of bettering our community.
    The standards required to simply be accepted into the group should by no means be underestimated. There is a rigorous application and evaluation process. Each student is required to successfully exemplify the four pillars the National Honor Society prides itself upon: scholarship, leadership, service and character. Not only do all of our members maintain a commendable GPA, but a majority of them also take the most difficult classes offered at PIHS. They have gained the title of leaders among their peers through their active involvement in athletics, clubs, student government and churches. The final two pillars truly build off one another. Without a sense of integrity and character, the amount of enjoyable service we have provided to the area would not have been possible. By setting high standards for ourselves as individuals, we become more inclined to use our gifts to benefit others.
    So, how have we used our drive and capabilities as a group to better the community? Our first major project was our annual blood drive in December. With the assistance of the Red Cross and generous donors, we were able to collect numerous pints of blood to save lives. Our second large project involved collecting money for the Children’s Miracle Network. This organization is dedicated to bettering the lives of children who were born with medical problems, have developed medical conditions, or have been involved in accidents. Local businesses and churches allowed us to set out jars for a change drive. What a worthy organization to give to! It is our hope that our actions to assist them will prompt other groups within the community to do the same. Finally, we will be taking a day to volunteer at the Special Olympics in May. This is another annual activity the group partakes in. It truly is an inspirational and learning experience; one that is a privilege to be a part of. Throughout the year, members have been responsible for acquiring monthly hours of service, as well. These acts have included working at Martha and Mary’s Soup Kitchen, helping at the Presque Isle Recreation Center, putting together food baskets for the Kiwanis Club, and much more.
    Needless to say, the town of Presque Isle should truly take pride in this commendable group of young adults. Their already exemplary practice of scholarship, service, leadership and character provides great hope for their pursuits in the future. I am confident that these students’ righteous deeds and mindsets are only glimpses of all they will accomplish. So, when thinking about the modern day teen-ager, don’t jump to conclusions! In fact, be encouraged for all you can expect from this ambitious generation!

 

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Photo courtesy of Helena Ford

    SENIOR MEMBERS of the National Honor Society at Presque Isle High School are, front row, from left: Kelsey Park, president; Madelyn Carson, state NHS president; Kailee Ireland, Hallie Bartlett, Haley Johnston, Elizabeth Wright, Bethany Lord and Jessica Stepp. Middle row: Ryan Bernier, Laurel Curtis, Liana Cao, Steve Ford, Lorraine Hughes, Casey Carson, Brennan Shaw, Whitney LaPointe, Richard Flora, Jordan Harris and Deidre Dicker. Back row: Brandon Jeter, Keenan Eaton, Ethan Braley and Nathan Ackerson. The advisers are Helena Ford and Jim York.

 

 

 
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Photo courtesy of Helena Ford

    NEW INDUCTEES to the National Honor Society Chapter at Presque Isle High School are, front row, from left: Divya Bisht, Paul Elish, Kori Kinney, Jesse Lucas, Katy Schneider and Emily Wright. Back row: Steven Goulet, Brock Cassidy and Caleb Mathers. The advisers are Helena Ford and Jim York.

 

 

 
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Photo courtesy of Helena Ford

    PRESQUE ISLE HIGH SCHOOL National Honor Society officers are, front row, from left: Kailee Ireland, treasurer; Haley Johnston, parliamentarian; Bethany Lord, secretary; and Kelsey Park, president. Back row: Steve Ford, parliamentarian; and Keenan Eaton, vice president. The advisers are Helena Ford and Jim York.