The Clinton Herald, Clinton, Iowa

January 23, 2014

Honoring academic achievement

By Brenden West Assistant Editor
The Clinton Herald

---- — CLINTON — If she’s ever in need of a doctor, a dentist, a lawyer, or a leader, Clinton High School Principal Karinne Tharaldson Jones said Wednesday she’d feel comfortable from the litter of 35 new National Honor Society members.

“Aren’t they awesome?” said Tharaldson Jones, during closing remarks of the Clinton High School NHS induction ceremony. “This is not easy to do. As principal of this building, I get the opportunity to see each of those unique potentials.”

Following her comments, 28 Clinton juniors and seven Clinton seniors could finally call themselves members of an elite group.

The National Honor Society is a national program that compares students through standards throughout the country. It uses measurements that quantify leadership, scholarship, service and character. Often times, said Tharaldson Jones, students must show what they do outside of school as well as within to qualify.

Tharaldson Jones said Clinton has a number of outstanding students that attend. Not all of them comprise the program.

“It provides us an opportunity to see what the kids do throughout the community,” she said.

This year’s group, Tharaldson Jones said, was typical of others.

During the ceremony, the inductees were given words of wisdom from peers and teachers. Students Jacob Simpson, Cyrus Colah, Mitchell Leonard and Daniel Fullick spoke to four cores of the program.

“The most important characteristic of being a leader is to be able to take a group somewhere it’s never been,” Simpson said.

He further encouraged his peers to continue this pursuit.

“Good deeds are done out of personal desire,” Fullick said. He encouraged the inductees to seek “Righteousness for the sake of righteousness.”

The students were also given words of encouragement from someone who taught them.

“If you’re here, it’s because we feel you best represent what it is to be a member of the National Honor Society,” English teacher Cathie Adkins said. She said while not all of the students had her, this group held close to striving for higher learning.