The GMG Dorothy Heiberger Chapter of the National Honor Society held induction ceremonies for fifteen new members. Sponsor Mrs. Jill Roberts welcomed those gathered for the occasion. She noted that, “..... NHS is steeped in tradition and we do not want the focus on leadership and service to change.” NHS completed thirteen service projects during the year. The group focuses their talents and gifts to all age groups. Some projects included Secret Santa for the staff, baby-sitting at the elementary during conferences, cleaning roadside ditches and a Senior Citizens Fun night. NHS President Alex Steiner introduced guest speaker, Master Sargent Todd Eipperle. He is well known in the area as a member of the Iowa National Guard and was critically wounded in action in July of 2011. He is a Marshalltown High School grad and received a liberal arts degree from Upper Iowa University. He is the father of Nick and Monica and grandpa to Lola. Eipperle and his wife, Julie, live in Marshalltown and Todd continues his job with the Boy Scouts of America. As Steiner introduced Eipperle he said, “He wears multiple ribbons and badges and is a flawless example of leadership and service.” Eipperle chose leadership, character and service as his topic. He noted that he realized how important those areas are after his close call last summer. He told about 18 and 19 year old kids who had lost limbs and suffered traumatic brain injuries and were proud to be of service to their country. He stated, “Those kids serving our country are there for the right reason and are proud of it.” Eipperle told of how the soldiers of World War I and II and of the Korean War were respected. And then came the Viet Nam War and those soldiers were not accepted. He read a very moving piece, “The American Creed’. He continued, “America is made up of all of us. Ours is a good country and it will continue if we do not fail. America needs good people like you to do something good. You can contribute to the nation. Make the most of yourself, set high goals, take advantage of education opportunities. ….....We need, we count on, capable people who are committed to help others in need. Some sacrifice their life for our country and all of us..... Service to others, strong leadership and unchanging values are an example of what a person can be..... Good homes and good parents produce strong youth.” Alex Steiner introduced the “Lighting of the Candles”. Morgan Burt lit the candle of Scholarship and Austin Groth the one for Leadership. Emily Havelka lit the candle of Character and Kyle Barloon the candle for Service. The 2012 Membership class included: Chris Everts, Shannon Fleming, Sara Hinson, Caitlin Appelgate, Logan Burt, Mackenzie Burt, Jennifer Borota, Abigail Duden, Codi Groth, Mikaella Koster, Peyton Mannan, Noah Sheidel, Dillon Slingluff, Allison Stegmann and Austin Vaughn. The current members renewed their pledge and the new members pledged their membership and signed the membership book. Alex Steiner closed the ceremony and invited NHS members, family and guests to stay for refreshments.
The Dorothy Heiberger Chapter of the National Honor Society at GMG High School held an Induction Ceremony for 15 new members. Featured speaker was Master Sgt. Todd Eipperlie of Marshalltown. Sponsor for the group is Mrs. Jill Roberts.
Following the ceremony the group gathered for a photo of all members of the NHS Chapter. Pictured in front l-r: Mikaella Koster, Abigail Dudden, Mackenzie Burt, Malaina Brunn, Siera Richter, Heather Brittenham and Alix Hesmer. Second row: Chris Everts, Noah Shiedel, Allison Stegmann, Jennifer Borota, Peyton Mannan, Shannon Fleming, Madelyn Newcomb, Sarah Hinson, Madisun Van Gundy, Morgan Burt, Chris Read, Samantha Mowrey and Taylor Kunch. In Back are: Codi Groth, Austin Vaughn, Dillon Slingluff, Logan Burt, Blake Warren, Wade Barritt, Kyle Barloon, Alex Steiner, Emily Havelka, Austin Groth, Abby Kulhavy and Maci Wilts. Photo by Margaret Thomsen