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OJ Neighbors launches honor society

HONORS: Students receive their National Honor Society certificates during the Wabash City School board meeting Monday.

BY Kaitlin Gebby - kgebby@wabashplaindealer.com

OJ Neighbors inducted its inaugural class of National Honor Society students during the Wabash City Schools board meeting on Monday.

Parents and siblings crowded the seats in City Council Chambers where 14 students were announced as the first members of the new National Honor Society chapter.

OJ Neighbors Principal Emily Tracy said the idea for a National Honor Society chapter at the elementary level started when she was serving as principal for Parkview Elementary in Grant County. She said it was one day during recess that a student approached her to told her about a classmate that needed help that kickstarted the research that led administrators to an honor society group.

Instructor Brody Cook, who teaches third and fourth grade at OJ, presented the students with their certificates Monday. He said fourth grade students were selected using the recent A honor roll list and two letters of recommendation.

Tracy and Cook said the goal of the group is to form a group of student leaders focused on change and citizenship.

“We want this to be an active group,” Cook said. “This is a student run group with an emphasis on student leadership and positive community impact.”

Cook said ideas for school events and programs, like a tower garden and cupcake wars, have already been brainstormed by the students. He said he hopes the National Honor Society chapter is an “active” group, and said they plan on holding student-led meetings twice a month.

An official induction ceremony will be held at the OJ Neighbors gym on Wednesday, Feb. 13 at 6 p.m.