Shire members reflect on year of service in NHS

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    Eighteen new members were elected to Houlton High School’s NHS class in April. They are: Cordell Beaton, Marina Cameron, Allyson Carmichael, Emily Hanson, Victoria Hanson, Rebekah Holmes, Dylan Howland, Erynne Howland, Ethan Morse, Ashley Grass, Crystal Nason, Emilie Newman, Melissa Peabody, Emma Reed, Maguerite Russell, Alaina Stewart, Mikaela Tuttle and Frankie White.
    The outgoing members of the NHS are Ashley Drew, Ian Bauersfeld, Tara Beals, Brandon Clark, Amanda Fogarty, Kody Gates, Craig Goodall, Zacharia Harvey, Alana Smith and president Cody Woods.
    It was a busy year for members. The following are thoughts and reflections by some of Houlton’s outgoing NHS members on what serving in the organization has meant to them.
Houlton Pioneer Times Photo/Joseph Cyr
NHS-Houlton incoming-dc-pt-21HOULTON INDUCTEES — Members of Houlton High School’s National Honor Society who were inducted in April are, seated from left, Cordell Beaton, Marina Cameron, Allyson Carmichael, Emilie Hanson, Victoria Hanson, Rebekah Holmes, Dylan Howland, Erynne Howland and Ethan Morse; and standing, Ashley Grass, Crystal Nason, Emilie Newman, Melissa Peabody, Emma Reed, Marguerite Russell, Alaina Stewart, Mikaela Tuttle and Franki White.

    Cody Woods, president — Throughout the year I have observed the members of Houlton High School’s Chapter of the National Honor Society uphold the principles of scholarship, service, character, and leadership that are the foundation of our organization. Not only have each of these members maintained a 90 grade point average or better, but many of them also pursue a challenging curriculum. These seniors have displayed their leadership and character in numerous venues, whether it be as the captain of a sports team, a leader in a musical activity, or as someone who willingly lends a hand to fellow students. Furthermore, NHS members have demonstrated service in community and school events, ranging from hosting an “Umbrella of Care” supper to working with fellow students at the After-School Program.
    As for myself, the National Honor Society reinforced the importance of supporting my community and peers. One project I especially enjoyed was volunteering at the junior high soccer tournament as a referee and grounds keeper. After I leave Houlton High School, I will continue to uphold the pillars of the National Honor Society and serve my community.
    Brandon Clark — It has been an honor to be a part of the National Honor Society at Houlton High School. Over the course of the year I have taken part in a variety of community service activities including putting together the Umbrella For Care Dinner, serving at the Chamber of Commerce Dinner, and cleaning at the Agricultural Museum. I plan on doing even more service for the community after my time in the National Honor Society comes to an end.
    Amanda Fogarty — Being a part of National Honor Society this year we had the opportunity to help out with several non-profit organizations such as Umbrella for Care. During the Umbrella for Care Dinner we cooked a free dinner for those in need. It was rewarding giving back to the community. Although high school is coming to an end I will take responsibility to incorporate community service into my life in the future.
Houlton Pioneer Times Photo/Joseph Cyr
NHS-Houlton Outgoing-dc-pt-21HOULTON OUTGOING — Members of Houlton High School’s National Honor Society who are completing their final year with the group are, seated from left, Brandon Clark, Craig Goodall, Kody Gates, Alana Smith and Cody Woods; and standing, Tara Beals, Zacharia Harvey, Amanda Fogarty, Ashley Drew and Ian Bauersfeld

    Kody Gates — Most of my community service was done at Houlton Wesleyan Church. I helped with the Jr. Church for grades one to six, trunk or treat event, and janitorial services. I also helped with the Umbrella of Care Supper and Breaking the Silence of Sexual Assault walk and run. I have enjoyed my times of service.
    Ian Bauersfeld — National Honor Society has instilled in me the values of giving back to the community.  Volunteering my time for worthy causes is a humbling experience. It was nice to see the thankful faces when we participated in the Umbrella of Care Dinner. I have also helped out at the Sexual Awareness walk and run. I plan on continuing helping out the community and upholding the four pillars of the National Honor Society throughout life.
    Alana Smith — As part of National Honor Society I tutor at the 21st Century After-School Program. My work there has reminded me of the importance of giving back to the community that has been so supportive of me.
    Zacharia Harvey — Being a part of National Honor Society was a pleasure and a privilege.  I learned many lifelong lessons and values and the true meaning of the four pillars, Character, Leadership, Service, and Scholarship. I have partaken in Cantoring in church, Lectoring at church, being an altar server at church, working at the trade show at the Civic Center, being an M.C. at the high school fashion show, and volunteering at the Umbrella For Care supper.  In my future I plan to keep the four pillars of the NHS in my life because they are important characteristics in life and will only help lead to success.