Karla Breen, National Honor Society advisor.
Guest speaker at the National Honor Society induction, David Brown.

The inspirational song “Go Light Your World” was performed at the National Honor Society program by Pelican High School senior Chris Hovden.
Current members of the National Honor Society, Chris Hovden, Lily Williams, Lillian Holl, Samuel Moe, Tori Stephenson and Ella Backstrom.
New members of the Pelican Rapids chapter of the National Honor Society:
Front row, from left, Sylvia Pesch, Hannah Fossen, Eva Rustand, Kenisha Madole, Alexandrea Pixley, Kia Nelson.
Back row, Gage Stromberg, Janae LaFerriere, Taia Marich, Kelsey Isaman, Ian Fahje and Brady Petznick.

Academics and scholarship—but also service, volunteering, leadership and character

National Honor Society is an organization for above average students, academics and brain power. It is also about civics, volunteering and good deeds. 

Scholarship, leadership, service and character are the cornerstones, as outlined at the Oct. 17 induction of a dozen Pelican Rapids High School students. The Honor Society ‘recognizes and encourages the attributes that are essential to citizens in our democracy,” said Karla Breen the new Honor Society faculty advisor. 

Locally, the Honor Society’s acts of citizenship include old fashioned, roll-up-the-sleeves work:

 • Adopting a highway and picking up litter 

• Organizing Red Cross blood drives 

• Volunteering at Special Olympics 

• Hiking for the hungry, at the annual CROP Walk fundraiser 

The 12 inductees joined six present members of the Pelican Honor Society. Parents and family members were in the audience for the program, which included a candle lighting ceremony at the Fine Arts Auditorium. 

Members must apply, explained Breen, and are selected by a five member panel of teachers. The emphasis is to promote leadership and an enthusiasm for scholarship, said Breen. 

The new members were asked to share a special role model in their lives, and nearly all of them listed family—parents or grandparents—who have had positive influences on their lives. 

Guest speaker for the induction was retired Pelican educator and theater director David Brown. 

Emphasizing the four qualities advocated by the Honor Society, Brown challenged the students. 

“Will you use your National Honor Society role as ‘padding’ for your college resume…or will it be something more?” He cited an individual from his past who never participated and volunteered, but used the Honor Society because it looked good on applications. 

Citing other examples of scholarship and character from his past, Brown recounted an honor student who agreed to write an essay for a fellow student—in exchange for a $150 payment. In another instance, a student had access to the answers on a chemistry test. 

What choice will you make when ethical choices confront you, asked Brown. 

Leadership comes in many forms, said Brown. Leaders are not always those with the management title. Some lead loudly and publicly—others lead quietly, said Brown. 

He challenged students to consider not what they accomplished in the past or yesterday, “but what you will do today and tomorrow.”