Gehlen students inducted into honor society
LE MARS Twelve students from Gehlen Catholic School were inducted into the Gehlen Catholic Honor Society (GCHS) in a ceremony on May 9 in the Marvin Langel Memorial Gym during the annual prayer service. The Rev. Paul Eisele presided.
GCHS Moderator and 7-12 School Psychologist Kristin Hausmann explained to be eligible for GCHS, a student must be a junior or a senior with a cumulative grade point average of 3.5 or better. Each student meeting this qualification was invited to complete a student activity information form and essay, which provided data concerning involvement in school, extra-curricular, parish and community projects.
Faculty members rated eligible students as to their demonstration of GCHS traits. The GCHS Faculty Board reviewed the data and selected the students who best exemplified the four qualities of GCHS.
Selection is an honor bestowed on those individuals who serve others through volunteerism, pursue excellence in learning, demonstrate positive character traits and constructively lead both within and outside the classroom.
Non-selection is not a sign of personal failure or disgrace. Rather it is a challenge to all to develop the whole person.
GCHS membership is earned by the effective demonstration of the four qualities held in high esteem by the society scholarship, service, leadership, and character.
During the GCHS prayer service, a candle was lit representing the light of knowledge. On each side of the candle were four unlit candles representing the four qualities of the GCHS. Each of the traits was explained by the officers prior to the candidates induction.
Candidates inducted included the following:
Madeline Begnoche of Le Mars
Alexander Buman of Le Mars
Josie Kolbeck of Le Mars
Jason Konz of Granville
Sydney Livermore of Le Mars
Sydney Logan of Le Mars
Kaleigh Ripley of Le Mars
Allison Ruden of Le Mars
Carson Tesch of Granville
Valeria Uribe of Le Mars
Anthony Vera of Le Mars
Addison Weber of Le Mars
Current members and officers include:
Carlyn Bretey of Le Mars
Abbie Dickman of Le Mars
Eli Ellensohn of Le Mars
Sage Goergen of Granville
Malayna Hanks of Le Mars
James and Meredith Kellen of Alton
Caden Kneip of Le Mars
Jenny Kwon of Le Mars
Alec and Katelyn Langel of Le Mars
Krista Lipp of Le Mars
Kayla Mayer of Le Mars
Lucas McCarty of Le Mars
Kaitlyn Norfolk of Le Mars
Katie Peters of Le Mars
Thomas Pohlen of Hospers
Megan Puhl of Le Mars
Kathryn Ripley of Le Mars
Alexa Scheitler of Le Mars
Justin Schmit of Hospers
Adam Schuch of Le Mars
Brooke Woerdehoff of Le Mars
Tyler Zenk of Alton
Claire and Melinda Zubrod of Merrill
Throughout the year, the GCHS students are involved in a variety of service and fundraising projects.
Hausmann explained, Honor Society members serve as Reading Buddies for third and fourth grade students who benefit from additional literacy support, as well as serve as mentors for junior high students.
They organize two blood drives each year, support school events such as chamber coffees and Drive4URSchool, plus organize student activities during Catholic Schools Week. The fundraisers provide $1,000 in scholarships for eighth grade students entering high school at Gehlen Catholic. The fundraisers are also used to make donations to Advent Angels, Then Feed Just One, and Gehlen Catholic Mission Honduras.
In addition to the service projects supported by the whole chapter, each individual member completes a minimum of 20 hours of service each year to projects of their choice.
We are very proud to recognize these outstanding members of our student body. Gehlen Catholic Honor Society members are chosen for and then expected to continue their exemplary contributions to the school and community, concluded Hausmann.