Decatur City Schools had two firsts Sunday when Leon Sheffield Magnet inducted the first members of the school system’s first National Elementary Honor Society chapter.
“I feel honored,” said fifth-grader Lizzy Truitt, 10, following the ceremony in the school auditorium. “I guess that’s why they call it ‘honor society.’ I didn’t even know we had an honor society.”
Upon being told she was among the first inducted in the city, Truitt added, “Now I feel even more honored.”
The auditorium was packed as 72 of the Wilson Street Northwest elementary school’s 334 students — more than 20 percent — were inducted. Inductees and parents enjoyed refreshments afterward.
Principal Rachel Poovey said the elementary-level honor society aims to make a more seamless transition for students when they move on to middle and high schools.
School officials set the criteria for eligibility. Fourth-graders needed a 95 percent grade average at the end of the first semester. Fifth-graders needed either a 95 percent average either the previous year or the first semester.
Enrichment teacher Nancy Brewer, who played a pivotal role in setting up the chapter and serves as its adviser, said students also had to display good behavior, responsibility and leadership. The inductees will be required to take part in at least four community service projects a year, she said.
“It gives us a chance to recognize our students that are high-achievers and gives them the opportunity to develop their leadership skills for service, and we hope, too, that it’s an encouragement for them to want to continue to succeed,” Brewer said.
Fifth-grader Olivia Coggins, 11, said she hopes to be an Honor Society student through high school.
“She’s been pushing me pretty hard,” Coggins said of her mother.
Fifth-grader Layne Bjornseth, 11, said her induction made her feel special and is an incentive to keep trying.
“Now that I know I’m in it, I’m going to work hard to try and make my grades,” she said.
Seth Burkett can be reached at 256-340-2446.
Students inducted into the National Elementary Honor Society
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