English NHS hosts induction ceremony

The club already has a variety of events and activities planned for the 34 new members to get involved in

Anna Owsley, Mill Valley News editor in chief

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English NHS welcomed 34 new members at its induction ceremony and celebrated afterwards with dessert and drinks Wednesday, Oct. 23.  

The club is already in the midst of hosting and planning activities for the school and is kicking the year off with a Halloween-themed contest, according to English NHS sponsor Page Anderson.

“We’re currently doing a spooky writing contest that goes through Friday, [Oct. 15]. Students submit their own pieces of literature for a competition,” Anderson said. “There are three prizes; first place [wins] a $10 Starbucks gift card and second and third [place prizes] are $5 Starbucks gift cards.”

Upcoming events will include a book drive for communities and families in need, which will take place in November, and a candy cane fundraiser in December – fundraising for senior members’ graduation honor cords – where students will have the opportunity to send notes and candy canes to their friends. 

The [National] English Honor Society is meant to foster literacy in both the school community and our Shawnee community.”

— English NHS sponsor Page Anderson

English NHS officer junior Emily Feuerborn is looking forward to the busy schedule and the focus it will put on the club.

“I am super excited to be more involved with the club this year because this year we are doing a lot more to get people involved,” Feuerborn said. “Hopefully, next year, a lot more students will join.”

Anderson started the club four years ago for the purpose of getting students involved in honor societies that were not solely academic. The English NHS chapter led the way for Spanish and French NHS chapters to be sponsored and is benefiting students to this day, according to Anderson. 

“All of these [national honor societies] are helping students excel in an area that they’re passionate about. And in the end, students are rewarded with cords for graduation and pretty hefty scholarship opportunities,” Anderson said. “The National English Honor Society national chapter offers a $10,000 scholarship, $5,000 scholarship and lots and lots of the $1,000 scholarships.” 

Feuerborn using her officer position to grow herself and get the most out of the experience.

“This year, I am an officer, so I hope that it will help me with my leadership skills along with getting to know more students at Mill Valley,” Feuerborn said.

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