Huron Park inducts 27 students into its first National Elementary Honor Society

By: Bria Brown | Roseville - Eastpointe Eastsider | Published March 7, 2017

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ROSEVILLE — Huron Park Elementary planned to highlight top-performing students in the fourth and fifth grades with its first National Elementary Honor Society induction March 4, which took place after the Eastsider’s publication. 

Huron Park Elementary Principal Daniel Schultz received an email from the National Elementary Honor Society organization and decided to share it with his staff.

“I didn’t know for sure what would happen, but at a meeting I mentioned (the email) to the teachers, and they jumped on it,” said Schultz.

“We ended up with 29 of our kids qualifying for (the NEHS). The kids are excited, and it’s really being well-received by the staff, students and parents,” said Schultz.

Out of the 29 students, 27 wanted to become part of NEHS.

“The parents sent back their signatures stating (their kids) wanted to do this. Now we’re having an induction ceremony,” said Joni Irla, a teacher at Huron Park and one of the NEHS co-advisors with Lenore Thornhill.

Irla explained the qualifications that students needed to meet to be considered for the honor society.

“They had some rigorous standards. The kids had to have a 3.0 grade average, demonstrate leadership skills in terms of volunteering to help the other students in the classroom with work. They had to demonstrate service hours, not only in the school, but at home — helping with church service hours, helping with family members. Many of our students help with the younger kids,” said Irla.

“The students also had to be responsible. They are the students that you can send down the hallway to collect money for bagel sales, and you know all the money is going to be given to the teacher. They are just responsible students; we can always trust them,” said Irla.

Once all information regarding the NEHS was presented to Huron Park’s staff, the staff had to vote and set up the criteria.

“We have many top students, and they don’t get recognized for everything they do,” said Irla.

According to Irla, teachers had to nominate students based on the criteria given. The students were then called into a meeting where they were given candidate packages that had to be filled out with their parents.

After the students were chosen, they had another meeting where they received their official letters that they were being inducted into the society.

“I’ve been teaching for 26 years, and that was a moment that meant so much to me. The kids were hugging me and each other; they were so excited and couldn’t wait to share with their families. It was a moment I will always treasure,” said Irla.

The induction ceremony was scheduled to take place at 2 p.m. March 4 at Huron Park Elementary. The school received a total of 112 RSVPs for the ceremony.

Look to the March 15 Eastsider for photos of the ceremony.

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