NHS members and both parent and community volunteers banded together on Friday, November 17, 2017, for the annual Chicken Dinner. Volunteers arrived as early as 4:00 a.m. the morning of the event and were off to a solid start due to the previous days of meticulous preparation.
High schoolers of the Society stood armed with serving spoons and heat-resistant gloves as they dismissed longing thoughts of the approaching fall break in the dinner-box packaging line. Volunteers ran in and out of the front doors of the upper school to deliver plates to hungry drivers. Parents and grill-masters fed like a line of ants into the side of the building, in and out, with 50-gallon coolers of steaming chicken and pastry carts loading with green beans and potatoes.
After the dinner-box lines ran out of vitals and the student volunteers had mastered the walkie-talkie system at the upper school, the Society members split up between the two campuses to sell the remaining chicken dinners after hours. Gymnasium students even worked through 6th period voluntarily to scrub the cooking vessels. Based on boxes sold, barbecue sauce-stains, and benevolent teamwork, the day was a grand success.
Lachlan James, 12, slides his arms through the handles of multiple bags to increase productivity at the lower school.
Parent volunteers discuss birds and barbecue while waiting for the chicken to cook at the upper school.
Parent volunteer Lorinda Parker details company orders before the packaging process starts.
Olivia Warren, 12, Kass Cestero, Maddie Singleton, 11, and Mackenzie Faulk, 10, chat while anticipating the arduous work ahead.
Caleb Anderson and Kyle Griffin, 11, hatch their master plan for selling chicken dinner boxes at the lower school.
Christ Covenant School’s first National Honor Society Induction was held at the lower school, complete with new candles for the candle lighting ceremony and a creaky lectern. Three years later, the NHS Induction was held at the upper school among a larger audience and a light drizzle which set the sedative mood.
The officers read the NHS mission statement, purpose, tapped in the inductees, and then expounded upon the four principles of the NHS: character, scholarship, leadership, and service.
Dr. Allen Guidry served as the guest speaker for the ceremony. Principal Robert Lee addressed the newly inducted members and congratulated the parents of the members.
The head of the NHS Evan Beyer concluded the ceremony. “Congratulations to our new National Honor Society members.” Vigorous applause commenced.
Sophomores Mason Verhaeghe, Mackenzie Faulk, Laura Stroud, and Natalie Draper pose before going to sit with their parents in the audience. Photo taken by Lisa Stroud.
Parents Randy and Hoornaz Draper and Becky Griffin hold back joyful tears as their children gather in their first school honor society.
The current and new NHS members participate in shenanigans. Photo taken by Lisa Stroud.
Head of NHS and upper school math teacher Evan Beyer congratulates the new members of the society. Photo taken by Lisa Stroud.
Juniors Jackson Packard, Kyle Griffin, Caleb Anderson, and Mason Gregory watch with anticipation as the audience trickles in before the induction ceremony. Photo taken by Lisa Stroud.
On Thursday, September 21, the NHS held its first meeting of the 2017-18 school year at lunchtime. New members Natalie Draper, Mackenzie Faulk, Laura Stroud, and Mason Verhaeghe, 10, Caleb Anderson, Mason Gregory, Kyle Griffin, Jackson Packard, and Hannah Smith, 11, will be inducted on Tuesday, October 3, 2017.
NHS members eat their lunch and listen in the first meeting of the year.
Vice President Gracie Ziegelmann prays over the food and meeting after giving the meeting devotional.
Math teacher Evan Beyer expounds the details of the NHS Induction Ceremony as Laney River, 12, looks on.
William Snowden, 12, makes his case against giving fun-size Skittles packages to the NHS members in an exemplary practice of Robert’s Rules of Order. Laura Stroud, 10, cools her mac and cheese while Olivia Warren, 12, seconds Snowden’s motion and Mason Verhaeghe, 10, looks on.
Welcome, 2017-2018 senior NHS officers!
Sage Pitman- Historian
Esther Odeke- Treasurer
Bethany Lee- President
Gracie Ziegelmann- Vice President
Hazel Smartnick- Secretary
After being rescheduled due to rain, this year’s Special Olympics coincided with the final House event of the year, Spartan Games. Unfortunately, this created a schedule conflict for members of the NHS who wanted to compete for their houses, but also wanted to serve their communities. Each member got to choose their Friday activity, so the NHS’s attendance at Special Olympics descended with the temperature. Regardless, ten NHS members had a fun and chilly time volunteering at the Pitt County Special Olympics.
Sivana Holler, 12, guards herself from the wind with a blanket.
Josey Parker, 12, encourages a child as he hits a wiffle ball off a tee.
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Haley Stephenson and Josey Parker, 12, huddle together to stay warm as they wait for the athletes to arrive.
Haley Stephenson, 12, holds up the box as a parent attempts to coax a child out of it.
Tuesday, April 4, the NHS made their second annual trip to Greenfield Nursing Home to bring holiday cards and music to its residents. Rather than focusing on the distribution of cards and gifts like last year, the NHS decided to make a donation and spend most of the time there playing music and conversing with the residents.
Gavriel Holler, 10, Sivana Holler, and Heather Snowden, 12, prepare to play their mandolin/guitar piece as they listen to their classmates’ music.
Walker Winslow, 12, helps Andrew Draper, 12 set up a music stand before he plays his guitar pieces.
Cole Anderson, 12, plays a number of piano pieces for the residents of Greenfield Nursing Home
In its second and most delicious year yet, the 2017 NHS prospective member information session was home to a variety of homemade desserts and curious underclassmen. After a brief overview of the society by the faculty adviser Evan Beyer, qualified students were free to socialize and ask questions with members.
Prospective member Karsen Barfield, 9, helps herself to some vanilla ice cream.
Dasia Gutridge, 9, asks Sivana Holler, 12, about NHS chapters at other schools.
Jackson Packard, 10, and Bethany Lee, 11, talk during the social.
Laura Stroud, 9, enjoys a homemade eclair.