LHS Honors Convocation

By Gwendolyn Ihrie On Wednesday, November 11, 2009 the Lincoln High cafeteria was full of gleaming parents and families of students who performed well academically during the second semester of the 2008-2009 school year.  Students were honored for academic letters, Honor Roll, and the National Merit Scholarship Program.  At this time, inductions into the Lincoln

By Gwendolyn Ihrie

On Wednesday, November 11, 2009 the Lincoln High cafeteria was full of gleaming parents and families of students who performed well academically during the second semester of the 2008-2009 school year.  Students were honored for academic letters, Honor Roll, and the National Merit Scholarship Program.  At this time, inductions into the Lincoln High chapter of the National Honor Society(NHS) were held.

Academic letters are earned by maintaining a 4.0 or higher GPA for a minimum of two consecutive semesters.  Students can qualify for honor roll by achieving an overall GPA of 3.5 or higher while taking a minimum of 20 credit hours.  The graduated class of 2009 included 19 letter winners.  The current class of Seniors, class of 2010, had 24 letter winners while the class of 2011 had 31 recipients.  Last years freshman included only 8 winners.  This low of a number, compared to other grades, is expected because of the disadvantage of not having any weighted classes to raise their GPA above a 4.0.

The inductions were led by NHS officers Phoebe Perry, Dylan Flinn, Alex Kelly, Caleb Jarecke, Noelle Pinneo, and Amy Nguyen.  A candle was lit by each officer, after a short speech, to represent the six characteristics that NHS deems important in a successful and well-rounded student.  Those of the 47 inductees present prose after the candle lighting and recited the NHS pledge.

Associate Principal Mr. Toalson gave honorable mention of the only 2009 National Merit Scholarship Semi-finalist, Zion Schell.  (He was unable to attend.)  The National Merit Scholoarship Program is based off a students PSAT test scores and judged by state standards.  If high enough, the student becomes a semi-finalist and is then in competition with students around the country for thousands of scholarship dollars.

All of the students recognized at this event are inspirations for the Mr. Heinemans’ famous phrase, “Another Lincoln High job well done.”

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