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Staying honorable

Photo courtesy Jennifer Barker
Photographed after induction to the National Junior Honor Society are Milan Middle School eighth-grade students, (b) Allison Emmons, Gabriella Dryden, Holly Charter, historian Kayden Englehart, treasurer Elise Iverson, president Gwendolyn Jones and vice president Allyson Jones (m) Haley Schust, Angelina Pena, Mackenzie McDaniel, Jessica Lubke, Dylan Laurell, Isabella Landingham, Cadence King, Elias Hobbs, Carter Higgins, Stella Friese and parliamentarian Ava Pustulka. (f) Emmaretta Overbeek, Hailey Knox, Maya Grimley, Isabella Garcia, Skye Foster, Maya Faro, Claire Baker, Antonio Davis and secretary Parker Beard.

By Joyce Ervin

Milan Middle School is home to the National Junior Honor Society (NJHS) and the eighth-graders inducted last year are still busy doing good works.
Teacher and advisor, Jennifer Barker, said the group has helped and volunteered at Compassion Ministries, Symons Elementary School Parent Teacher Organization, packing food at the Marble Memorial United Methodist Church and are looking forward to helping other area organizations.
Students are expected to complete a minimum of five service hours each semester and ten in the summer. Barker said, plans to help with Aid in Milan, the local charitable institution, Milan Cares, a grass roots organization that keeps Milan neat and working with the Milan Public Library over summer break will round the group out.
They donated Valentine’s to Paddock Elementary School students who couldn’t afford to purchase. Decorated hearts were made and delivered to seniors that participate in the Meals on Wheels program. Several members were found volunteering recently at the Science Fair held at Symons school.
On tap for March, the group has been recruiting for an American Red Cross blood drive, will have planned the half-time relays for the Symons PTO staff basketball game and making plans for Staff Appreciation Week in May.
There will be an induction ceremony for seventh-graders on April 8, Barker said, ensuring there will always be members involved. She said, “There will no longer be a fall induction ceremony. The seventh-graders will become eighth-graders and the following spring, the torch will pass to more future eighth-graders.”
NJHS is a national organization and the Milan chapter has to pay an annual affiliation fee. Barker wished to thank the sponsors, Inky Tees; Mullins Auto Supply and Service; Milan Youth Soccer Club; Southeast Michigan Storm; Jodie Franklin Realty; Dr. Brian Mayday, DDS; Paddock Early Childhood Center and Workhorse Realty. Donations from rhese good people eliminates the need for fundraising, Barker said.
Students become members for life. NJHS was established in 1929 to honor those students who have demonstrated excellence in the areas of Scholarship, Leadership, Service, Character, and Citizenship; the Five Pillars.

Joyce Ervin is a freelance writer reporting on Milan. She can be contacted at: jlervin42 [at] yahoo [dot] com.

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