Students filed into Hillcrest's Chapel service Wednesday to see a row of proud parents. Connecting with friends and finding their seats the students watched as their class leaders were ushered to the front of room. The boys donned dress-shirts, the girls wore spring dresses. Those in ties and dresses awaited the ceremony for their National Honor Society induction at Hillcrest.
National Honor Society (NHS) urges students to well-rounded academic and social leadership. Students selected for NHS are recognized for excellence in areas of service, leadership, character, and academics. Hillcrest's NHS program requires a cumulative grade point average (GPA) of 3.80 for sophomores, 3.75 for juniors, and 3.70 for seniors respectively. At the start of second semester, students with a GPA that meets their respective GPA requirements receives an application to apply for NHS.
Hillcrest's induction ceremony is a formal affair. The school's NHS president, Kevy Konynenbelt, was the master of ceremonies Wednesday, speaking with confidence as she led her classmates to honor the achievements of the selected leaders. Konynenbelt introduced Church of the Lutheran Brethren President Paul Larson, who shared his academic achievements. He paused outlining his accolades to share his family's coined phrase, O.O.T.M., which stands for only one thing matters. Larson shared stories and his Biblical basis for pointing his family to God through his family motto, in light of encouraging academic achievement.
22 members were inducted into Hillcrest's NHS chapter on Wednesday. Sophomores Abigail Christenson, Hans Frank-Holzner, Sam Isaac, Nate Larsen, Thomas Martinson, Sean McGuire, Meghan Peterson, Daniel Preston, Reggie Undseth joined Juniors Jordan Foss, Kelly Kim (Na Yeon), Karina Larsen, Vi Nguyen, Joseph Ryu, Alyssa Shilson. Select Seniors included Luke Jennen, JK Lee, Ashley Luo, Jeehoon Park, Adrienne Schultz, Maddie Veum, Jinhe Zhu (Adele).