G-AHS students inducted into National Honor Society

Juniors at Greencastle-Antrim High School were inducted into the National Honor Society April 25. They qualified based on scholarship, character, leadership and service.

Be resilient. Give things a chance. Don't be a worry for others. Forgive.

That was the message former Greencastle-Antrim High School (G-AHS) math teacher Sean Kolanowski brought to students at the 2013 National Honor Society (NHS) Induction Ceremony. He was the guest speaker at the April 25 event. "Mr. K" retired last year after 34 years with the district.

Thirty-eight juniors were inducted into NHS. They joined 44 seniors, who were presented stoles in front of assembled family and friends. The program was coordinated by chapter advisor DuAnne Thrush.

Kolanowski used examples from his own life to illustrate his points. Renowned for his upper level math instruction abilities, he shared that in his calculus course at Penn State, he recorded 12 percent on the first test. He seriously considered switching majors. An unconventional older student volunteered to tutor him, and Kolanowski finished the class with a C. He was happy with that. Resiliency in that tough situation led him to his anticipated career, and he learned that letting the other student help him turned that man's life around socially.

Kolanowski did not like G-AHS initially, and he second-guessed himself one night as he sat in the Kline's Grocery Store parking lot eating a frozen burrito and drink. He gave teaching in Greencastle some time and it paid off. "I found my niche," he said.

He encouraged the students to do their job, but to give themselves and others leeway if everyone didn't do things the same. Don't let the differences become a cause for concern, he said. He joked with the school administrators that he never got much out of inservice days, but did learn not to change for the sake of change.

Finally, Kolanowski said it was beneficial to forgive self and others. He referenced a nurse who ran the Boston Marathon April 15. When the bombs went off, she ran away. She had been in the media stating she regretted her action.

"I enjoyed my 34 years here," Kolanowski concluded. He added the advice of someone who spoke at graduation one year. "Make sure you stay out of jail."

The induction

The 38 junior inductees included: Jesse Beeler, Kaitlyn Burkett, Maylis Burns, Anthony Coda, Jacob Crist, Jane Eberhardt, Eli Englehart, Michaela Ensminger, Joshua Frost, Kaitlin Ganoe, Nicole Garns, Benjamin Hockman, Chloe Hoover, Rachel Horenstein, Allex Kifer, Joseph Koons, Alyssa Kreischer, Abigail Lackey, William Daniel Lutz, Matthew Montedoro, Samantha Bret Morgan, Alexandra Mowen, Emily Nguyen, Molly Nowell, Madison Onomastico, Abigail Pool, Lauren Powers, Ryan Ricci, Dylan Rohrer, Tabitha Rudy, Joanna Scott, Kristian Sheeley, Fatima Spall, Heidi Stein, Cassandra Varner, Ashley Nicole Williams, Moriah Woods and Colby Zarger.

Senior members of NHS are: Lorraine Armstrong, Holden Baker, Ryan Blair, Eli Bock, Cory Bontrager, Blair Boscolo, Raeven Cogan, Callie Coleman, Maggie Crawford, Lauren Durniak, Stephen Ernharth, Zachary Faulkner, Savannah Fritz, Nakita Gearhart, Noah Graham, Cameron Grosh, Carly Hafer, Amber Harbaugh, Madeline Heraty, Paul Herman, Kristin Hoffman, Sharon Juarez, John Klink, Hannah Lougheed, Hailee Martin, Mariah Martin, Megan Martin, Kelsey Mellott, Kaitlyn Moore, Megan Oberholzer, Aubree Poole, Jared Poper, Hunter Rodgers, Jeffrey Seilhamer, David Spinder, Joshua Spoonhour, Kayla Starr, Daniel Stepler, Ronnie Stine, Austin Stouffer, Jacob Warren, Jason Yoder, Logan Zehrung and Cassidy Zimmerman.

Students participating in the ceremony included Madeline Heraty, Joshua Spoonhour, Paul Herman, Raeven Cogan, Callie Coleman, Cassidy Zimmerman, Ryan Blair, Lauren Durniak, Austin Stouffer, Hailee Martin, Logan Zehrung, Cory Bontrager, Savannah Fritz, Niki Garns, Jane Eberhardt, Daniel Lutz and Colby Zarger.

NHS chapter officers are Paul Herman, president; Raeven Cogan, vice president; Cassidy Zimmerman, secretary; and Jacob Warren, treasurer. Executive committee members-at-large are Lorraine Armstrong, Callie Coleman, Lauren Durniak and Mariah Martin. Faculty council are Amber Bostick, Jenniffer Everetts, Michael Hussack, Susan Kline and Nicole Paci-Funk.