Amory High School holds National Honor Society induction

AMORY – Amory High School held the 2013 National Honor Society Induction ceremony on Friday, March 1, with 31 junior and seniors being inducted.

ALICE ORTIZ/MONROE JOURNAL NATIONAL HONOR SOCIETY INDUCTEES – Amory High School inducted 31 students into the 2013 National Honor Society on March 1.  Students inducted (not in order) are Taylor Allmond, Nicholas Beeks, Bailey Boyd, Trey Buskirk, Cameron Carruth, Anna Carson, Carlton Cooke, Caroline Corley, Jennipher Gray, Megan Greenhill,  Taylor  Harmon, John Mark Howell, Ambrekka Ivy, Mallory McCarley, Bailey Oswalt, Lesley Parker, John Pearson, Taylor Pickle, Lindsey Renfto, Cole Robinson, Mac Shelton, Jilanna Simmons, Tyerareous Small,  Brandon Stoddard, Shelby Sweatt, Shelby Thornton, Shanabriel Vasser, Ben Watson, Taylor Weeks, Sam Wilkerson, and Hope Woods.

ALICE ORTIZ/MONROE JOURNAL
NATIONAL HONOR SOCIETY INDUCTEES – Amory High School inducted 31 students into the 2013 National Honor Society on March 1. Students inducted (not in order) are Taylor Allmond, Nicholas Beeks, Bailey Boyd, Trey Buskirk, Cameron Carruth, Anna Carson, Carlton Cooke, Caroline Corley, Jennipher Gray, Megan Greenhill, Taylor Harmon, John Mark Howell, Ambrekka Ivy, Mallory McCarley, Bailey Oswalt, Lesley Parker, John Pearson, Taylor Pickle, Lindsey Renfto, Cole Robinson, Mac Shelton, Jilanna Simmons, Tyerareous Small, Brandon Stoddard, Shelby Sweatt, Shelby Thornton, Shanabriel Vasser, Ben Watson, Taylor Weeks, Sam Wilkerson, and Hope Woods.

There are four basic requirements for membership in the National Honor Society: scholarship, leadership, service and character. To be inducted during the junior year, a cumulative grade point average of 3.75 must be earned during freshman and sophomore years. For senior year induction, a cumulative grade point average of 3.75 must be earned during freshman, sophomore and junior years.
Amory Superintendent of Education Tony Cook was the guest speaker. He told the students and assembled group that academic achievement was important in being a member of the National Honor Society.
“You have made academics a priority and it has paid off. Parents and teachers make the biggest impact on students’ lives,” Cook said.
Cook also stressed that while education was important, it was also important to know how to be a good person and a good example.
He shared with the group how Rachel Scott, the first person killed in the Columbine massacre, had lived her life and how even after she died, she was still having an effect on others.
She had left behind a journal, which told of her dreams and goals. Rachel had encouraged others not to have prejudice against a person based on their looks or actions.
Cook said after someone has seen a person three times, they can pretty much tell what that person is like. He said it was important to look for the best in everyone and that everybody has bad days.
“Dream big for your life. Dreams without goals are just wishes. Have a plan for your life,” Cook said.
He said Rachel had a premonition that she would not have a long life, but she refused to be labeled as average.
Cook encouraged the students to choose positive influences in their life,  reach out to others who look different and make them feel special, speak and act with kindness to everybody and make new students feel welcome.
“Students who dress right and act right have no discipline problems. Never give up. Be a difference maker and make an impact on the world.”