Nearly 20 eighth graders at Kent County Middle School were inducted into the National Junior Honor Society Thursday evening, Sept. 29. From left are Robert Phillips, Amelia Plummer, Karmen Wiggins, Dyron Nava, Raelynn Wagner, Kate Zottarelli, Eliza Loller, Nate Sutton, Jayden Miller, Eamon Lindsay, Tucker Ervin, Jane Cleary, Björn Birkmire, Jeremy Jacobs, Margaret Bilbrough, Alexander Harris, Benjamin Hinton, William Krastel and NJHS advisor Kara Anderson. Not pictured, inductee Caylee Denney.
CHESTERTOWN — Kent County Middle School inducted 19 students into the National Junior Honor Society this fall.
A ceremony marking the achievement of these students was held at the school Thursday evening, Sept. 29.
Inducted into the Kent County Middle School 2022-23 National Junior Honor Society (NJHS) were eighth graders Margaret Billbrough, Björn Birkmire, Jane Cleary, Caylee Denney, Tucker Ervin, Alexander Harris, Benjamin Hinton, Jeremy Jacobs, William Krastel, Eamon Lindsay, Eliza Loller, Jayden Miller, Dyron Nava, Robert Phillips, Amelia Plummer, Nate Sutton, Karmen Wiggins, Raelynn Wagner and Kate Zottarelli.
"These students have not only met the requirements of joining the National Junior Honor Society, but have found ways to break through barriers and exceed expectations in and out of the classroom," said teacher Kara Anderson, the chapter's advisor, of the new members.
As aligned with the pillars of the NJHS, candidates for membership in the middle school chapter must maintain a grade point average of 3.0 or higher and demonstrate service, leadership, character and citizenship through extra-curricular activities, community service, teacher observations or evaluations.
The middle school also requires members to maintain an attendance rate of 90% in a semester.
"At such a young age, these individuals take charge and find solutions," Anderson said. "Now, with more responsibility and guidance, time will only tell what they set forth to achieve in both KCMS and Kent County."
Serving on the local NJHS chapter Faculty Council are teachers Tykeya Jones, Janet McCormick, and Roberto Copeland, Assistant Principal Rondell Sorrell and Principal Dr. Angela Holocker.
"We are extremely proud of our students," Dr. Holocker said. "Mr. Sorrell and I have expressed our expectations for our new student leaders, and we cannot wait to see where this journey takes them."
Dr. Holocker commended Anderson for the extra time and effort she spent on making sure the Sept. 29 NJHS ceremony was perfect.
"And it was exactly that — perfect," Dr. Holocker said.