On Wednesday, Estherville Lincoln Central High School inducted 14 new members into the ELC chapter of the National Honor Society, bringing to 1,248 the total number of students inducted into the local chapter over the years.
That is an extremely select group of people who have gone on to make a name for themselves in business, industry, the arts and in politics. In short, they're the cream of the crop.
ELC has a wonderful way of going about the induction. It brings in the entire student body to watch. It's always done on the Wednesday before Thanksgiving holiday, so students have four days to think about what they've witnessed. Four days to let it soak in. Four days to dwell on it.
And those are four, very important days.
Being inducted into the NHS is a big deal. Inductees are selected not only for scholarship, but also for their involvement in school and community. They aren't tomorrow's leaders. They're today's leaders. And they're setting a great example that the rest of us - regardless of age - should follow.
Seniors named were:
n Claire Christensen.
n Amber Schacherer.
n Derek Nieland.
n Jeffrey Perkins.
n Cheyanne Lepird.
n Allie Sievert.
n Ben Herrick.
n Brad Olsen.
n Gretchen Probst.
n Brianna Enerson.
n Rebecca Lair.
n Heather Natterstad.
n Kyle Marks.
n Rachel Bates.
Seniors and past honorees present were:
n Randy Leon.
n Mackenzie Wilson.
n Emily Kirchner.
n Casey Sievert.
Yes, it would be nice if all students could be named. But that's just not how society works. Society doesn't shelter, it doesn't coddle, it doesn't pamper. It can be cold and brutal and unforgiving.
NHS students have already shown they're ready to tackle whatever society might throw at them. And not all students are ready for that - in fact, most adults probably aren't.
What the NHS induction says is, look at these young people. They have achieved something. And they are an example for all of you to follow.
The NHS is a wonderful program. And those inducted into it are wonderful people.
It's a program the entire community should try to attend. We can all learn from the example these young people set.