Column: From the Desk: By Jerry Ness
Congratulations to the 36 new inductees into the Fergus Falls High School’s National Honor Society (NHS) chapter. The NHS held their annual Induction Ceremony at 7 p.m., Jan. 8 in the KSS Auditorium. Elizabeth Abrahams, high school social studies teacher, is the advisor for our NHS chapter.
NHS President Nathan Zierden, Vice President Emma Uhrich, Secretary Alyssa Martin, and Historian Kate Kotschevar conducted the ceremony. Following an introduction from President Zierden, the ceremony included the candle lighting ceremony, the induction pledge, a musical performance by Nathan Zierden, a message from Ethan Soland — high school social studies teacher, the presentation of certification by Principal Dean Monke, and closing remarks by Vice President Emma Urich.
NHS Pledge — “I pledge myself to uphold the high purpose of the National Honor Society to which I have been selected. I will be true to the principles for which it stands; I will be loyal to my school; and will maintain and encourage high standards of scholarship, service, leadership and character.”
The NHS inductees are: Morgan Ackerson, Hailey Macheledt, Hailey Budke, Jadyn McKeever, Greta Christenson, Danielle Mortenson, Joseph Connelly, Nycole Mouritsen, Caleb Danielson, Isabella Nehk, Sam Eggen, Stefanie Nelson, Madysen Eklund, Emma Norgard, Emily Frigaard, Madelyne Oswald, Marinda Hauge, Lily Pearson, Seth Hexum, Anna Reard, Connor Hexum, John Sandahl, Madison Hubert, Titus Seland, Amy Johnson, Hallie Sheridan, Andrew Johnson, Morgan Sikkink, Julia Johnson Berit Skogen, Matthew Johnson, Chase Strube, Isabelle Kremeier, Julia Swanson, Angelique Lindgren and Madeline Trosvig.
Favorite seventh grade school bills in 2018
Each year Mr. Gary Hoffbeck’s seventh grade social studies class debates and votes on their favorite bills for the year. It is always fun to see what is important in their lives. Here is this year’s list: 84 percent – Having backpacks in class; 80 percent – Accelerated Reader in language arts should be extra credit; 79 percent – A fun activity at the end of the quarter, such as students vs. teachers in a kickball game; 78 percent –More school field trips; 78 percent –Having study hall the last period of every day for some or all classes/grades in KSS; 75 percent –Having a short nap time sometime during the day; 74 percent –Having Subway available during school lunch; 69 percent –Allowing phones during study hall; 65 percent –Having vending machines available on the ground-level floor for seventh and eighth graders; 65 percent –Having ice cream served during lunch; 64 percent –Having french fries for lunch; 64 percent –Having juices available during school lunch; 63 percent –Being able to purchase Gatorade in the ala carte; 60 percent –More locations for a better Wi-Fi system in the school; 56 percent –Having microwaves available during lunch; 56 percent –Replacing textbooks with iPads; 53 percent –Having another duffel bag rack, like the one purchased last year; 53 percent –Having the Maroon Gym available during recess; 52 percent –Having longer recess by 10 minutes, by cutting 5 minutes from periods 7 and 8; 51 percent –Lower ala carte pizza price from $1.75 to $1.25; and 48 percent –Building an octoball pit for recess.
Their favorite town bills are: 78 percent –Having an indoor waterpark. Where? 29 percent – K-Mart location, 29 percent –Old flour mill behind Service Foods and 25 percent –at the RTC; 77 percent – A trampoline park (sky zone) in town; 69 percent –Cherry Berry; 67 percent –Indoor amusement park with go-karts and food court; 61 percent –Lazer tag center; 61 percent –Quarter arcade; 58 percent –Scheels; 58 percent –More and better rides for teenagers at the county fair; 57 percent – Grand Slam Amusements; 56 percent – Reopen Old Smokey for in-town skiing; 54 percent –Culver’s; 54 percent –A place for playing paintball; 53 percent –Olive Garden; 53 percent –Buffalo Wild Wings; 51 percent –Having an international culture festival featuring the music, foods, entertainment of other countries; 45 percent –Petco and 40 percent–Indoor arcade.