LaFayette Inducts First Cohort Into National Elementary Honor Society Chapter

LaFayette Inducts First Cohort Into New National Elementary Honor Society Chapter

NEHS Chapter

LaFayette Intermediate School welcomed 38 members as its first cohort to its new National Elementary Honor Society chapter on April 12.

Fourth grade teacher Kristen O’Connell had the vision for an NEHS chapter in 2019 because she wanted to empower students who consistently do their best and stand out as leaders in the school community. She believes that NEHS provides a unique opportunity for students to grow as leaders.

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“They inspire me to always do my best and they humble me, reminding me that even our youngest citizens are capable of leading waves of positivity in our schools, community and the world at large,” O’Connell said of the students.

O’Connell and Emily Rookey now serve as Co-Advisers for NEHS.

Fourth- and fifth-grade students were nominated by their classroom teachers for embodying LaFayette’s Pride Traits of being respectful, responsible, engaged and safe. Those traits align with the four pillars of the National Elementary Honor Society: scholarship, responsibility, service and leadership. Students also submitted an essay that was reviewed by the faculty council prior to selection.

LaFayette Principal Shaun Merrill welcomed students, families and friends to the ceremony and O’Connell and Rookey led the ceremony. Faculty council members Theresa Patchen (scholarship), Catherine Rieck (responsibility), Nikki Dechick (service) and Emily Jensen (leadership) lit candles and read descriptions of the four pillars.

The inductees included: Vincent Aquina, Griffin Arndt, Sophie Austin, Kelsey Bailey, Emma Cheney, Ruby Cleere, Evan Crelley, Savanna Cuffe, Ryan DiSanto, Iris Enslow, Myaa Felice, Grayden Guy, Aaron Hoff, Novalee Jaycox, Olivia Laird, Braelyn Lanphear, Ryan Laquitara, Jedwin Lebron, Bowen Leone, Aria Lewis, Liam Lewis, Chelsea Li, Kelsey Marquart, Milania McNeil, Griffin Messecar, Evan Morrin, Bryce O’Connell, Gavin Randall, Easton Rease, Brielle Robinson, Leah Sessler, Zachary Sessler, Rory Sheils, Averie Smith, Cashius Smith, Zyander Thorpe, Emma Sue Vidler, Ryder Walters.

Congratulations to all!