Mineral Point High School honored its top all-around students with the annual National Honor Society ceremony Wednesday, March 30, sponsored by the Mineral Point Kiwanis.

A complete photo album of the evening can be found here: https://www.facebook.com/media/set/?set=a.1177934032218229.1073741875.174428552568787&type=3

“The students being honored tonight have truly gone beyond simply being book smart.  They get the importance of giving back to their school, their community, and their world.  They are leaders.  They understand that all choices have consequences, and that attitude equals altitude,” said NHS Advisor, Kristin Staver.

“The emblem for the National Honor Society that you see on the cover of tonight’s program is the keystone and flaming torch.  The flaming torch is the emblem of our purpose.  To bear forward the searching light of truth, to lead that others may follow in the light, to keep burning in our school a high ambition for enduring values of life; these purposes are symbolized in the torch.  We will now read statements on the meaning of the four principles symbolized by the letters in the keystone,” said Clara Chambers.

“Scholarship – ‘The scholar is that man who must take up into himself all the ability of the time, all the contributions of the past, all the hopes of the future.  He must be a university of knowledge’ – Ralph Waldo Emerson. The national qualification for NHS scholarship is a 3.0 cumulative GPA.  All members of the Mineral Point High School NHS Chapter must maintain a 3.65 cumulative GPA or above on a 4.0 scale,” said McKenzie Schmitz.

“Leadership – student leaders are those who are resourceful, good problem solvers, promoters of school activities, idea-contributors, dependable, and persons who exemplify positive attitudes about life.  Leadership experiences can be drawn from school or community activities while working with or for others,” said Trevor Ross.

“Character – the student of good character upholds principles of morality and ethics, is cooperative, demonstrates high standards of honesty and reliability, shows courtesy, concern, and respect for others, and generally maintains a good and clean lifestyle,” said Dylan MacGilvra.

“Service – this quality is defined through the voluntary contributions made by a student to the school or community, done without compensation and with a positive, courteous, and enthusiastic spirit,” said Elizabeth Moellers.

The evening’s keynote speech came from Mineral Point High School alumna, Carol Stephenson, most notable for her 27 years as an oboist in the National Symphony Orchestra in Washington D.C.

Serving as an inspirational message, the speech told her story of determination and how coming from a small town helped make her into the successful person she is today.

Her speech in its entirety can be viewed here: Stephenson Speech

Those students honored and inducted into the NHS for 2016 include:

Second Year Senior Class Members

Clara Chambers, daughter of Mike & Kate Chambers

  • Clara will be attending Concordia University in the fall to pursue a degree in sports marketing and play basketball.

Abby Dunbar, daughter of Mary Francois & Steve Dunbar

  • Abby plans on attending UW-Platteville in the fall to pursue a degree in pre-vet/animal science.

Brandon Forseth, son of Randy Forseth & Jan Forseth

  • Brandon will be attending MATC in the fall with the plan to transfer to the University of Iowa to pursue a degree in biology.

Austin Gough, son of Arlo & Mary Gough

  • Austin will be attending UW-Stout in the fall to pursue a degree in industrial design.

David Kelm, son of Gary & Susan Kelm

  • David will attending UW-Platteville in the fall to pursue a double major in mathematics and engineering physics.

Sarah Knapp, daughter of David & Cathy Knapp

  • Sarah will be attending UW-Platteville in the fall for Pre-Nursing and then transferring to UW-Oshkosh for Nursing.

Dylan MacGilvra, son of Kent & Teresa MacGilvra

  • Dylan will be attending UW-Madison in the fall to pursue a degree in biology.

Elizabeth Moellers, daughter of Ted & Audrey Moellers

  • Elizabeth plans to attend either Marquette University or the University of Wisconsin-Madison in the fall to major in criminal justice and/or scientific research.

Tess Oberhauser, daughter of Bob & Julie Oberhauser

  • Tess plans to attend UW-Madison in the fall and pursue a major in biochemistry.

Scott Pittz, son of Troy & Teresa Pittz

  • Scott will be attending MATC in the fall to pursue a degree as a veterinary technician.

Trevor Ross, son of Tina Van Hoy & Cory Ross

  • Trevor will be attending the University of Wisconsin – Madison this fall to major in biology and Spanish.

McKenzie Schmitz, daughter of Michael & Tamara Schmitz

  • McKenzie will be attending the UW – Madison or UW – LaCrosse in the fall to pursue a degree in biology with the hopes to attend medical school.

Jessica Schultz, daughter of Don & Amanda Schultz

  • Jessica will be attending Northern Michigan University to play basketball and study pre-vet/biology.

Alexa Sparks, daughter of Rob & Amy Leigh

  • Alexa will be attending Northern Arizona University in the fall to pursue a degree in microbiology.

Kaylee Sparks, daughter of Rob & Amy Leigh

  • Kaylee will be attending UW-Platteville in the fall to pursue a degree in music education and saxophone performance.

First Year Senior Class Members

Bailey Hermanson, daughter of Dorene Tieman & Brian Hermanson

  • A personal goal of Bailey’s is to obtain a Bachelor’s degree in crop and soil science.

Savannah Lawinger, daughter of Ted & Janet Lawinger

  • A personal goal of Savannah’s is to attend MATC and Carroll University to pursue a degree in diagnostic medical sonography.

Caleb Mitchell, son of Jon & Kristin Mitchell

  • A personal achievement Caleb is proud of is going to state in solo/ensemble for his solo this year.

Carlie Qualley, daughter of Kurt & Penny Qualley

  • A personal goal of Carlie’s is to pursue a Bachelor’s degree in nursing and to go on to become a nurse practitioner.

Karissa White, daughter of Robert & Jill White

  • A personal goal of Karissa’s is to obtain a Bachelor of Science degree in nursing and go on to be an OB nurse.

First Year Junior Class Members

Elise Ames, daughter of Dick & Joy Ames

  • A personal goal of Elise’s is to attend college and pursue a degree in dentistry.

Cassandra Bossert, daughter of Rob & Carolyn Bossert

  • A personal goal of Cassandra’s is to attend a four year university and later go into dentistry.

Addyson Chambers, daughter of Sam & Chausti Weinbrenner

  • A role model of Addyson’s throughout high school has been her brother, Blake, because he attained many academic achievements that she also hopes to achieve.

Haley Chubb, daughter of William & Margaret Chubb

  • An academic goal of Haley’s is to be accepted into U.W. Madison.

Morgan Fitzsimmons, daughter of Scott & Emily Fitzsimmons

  • A personal goal of Morgan’s is to attend a four year college and major in agriculture education and minor in animal sciences.  Her love of livestock and agriculture has led her down this path.

Fulton Flanary, son of Sandra Peterson and Peter Flanary

  • A personal goal of Fulton’s is to be accepted into medical school and become a surgeon.

Jake Gorgen, son of Steve & Denise Gorgen

  • Jake’s role models are his parents because they are both hardworking individuals.

Jaynie Gorgen, daughter of Steve & Denise Gorgen

  • A personal goal of Jaynie’s is to attend a four year college and major in criminal justice.

Caleb Kennedy, son of Wayne & Theresa Kennedy

  • A personal goal of Caleb’s is to become a personal trainer.

Destinee Kruser, daughter of Renee Kruser

  • A Personal goal of Destinee’s is to attend a four year university and major in psychology.

Tommie Loken, daughter of Jackie Carter & Tim Loken

  • A personal goal of Tommie’s is to attend a four year university and double major in crop and soil science and ag business.

Valya MacGilvra, daughter of Kent & Teresa MacGilvra

  • Valya’s role models are her parents.

Rebekah Ottoway, daughter of Bill & Trish Ottoway

  • A personal goal of Rebekah’s is to attend a 4 year college in Wisconsin and major in  biology.

Hannah Parkinson, daughter of Terry & Renee Douglas and Tom Parkinson

  • A personal goal of Hannah’s is to become a role model for all young women to find a way to demonstrate their independence.

Bailey Riley, son of Tim & Deb Riley

  • A role model of Bailey’s is his grandpa –  Bill.

Grant Rose, son of Tom & Shelly Rose

  • A personal goal of Grant’s is to attend a four year university and major in engineering.

Jaycie Runde, daughter of Jay & Vickie Runde

  • Jaycie’s role model is her sister, Kayla, because she is very independent and sets and reaches her goals.

Boone Schmitz, son of Todd & Angie Schmitz

  • A personal goal of Boone’s is to attend college and pursue a degree in dentistry.

Sydney Staver, daughter of Tim & Kristin Staver

  • Sydney’s role model is her brother, Sy, because he has taught her the importance of  being involved, working hard, and persevering.

Jalissa Weier, daughter of Bob & Desiree Weier

  • A personal goal of Jalissa’s is to attend UW-LaCrosse and major in biology.