Friends and family attended the small ceremony that featured a speech from OC alum and honor society member Matt Laverde, who told a few tales of what the core values of the society gave him in his life's journey.
To be eligible for the society a student must maintain an 85 average or higher GPA, volunteer in school or community. demonstrate leadership skills and demonstrate high standards of character and maintain a clean disciplinary record.
Oil City principal Scott Stahl told those in attendance that these 26 individuals do just that.
A funny conversation with superintendent Lynda Weller before the ceremony caught me trying extract my foot from my mouth. She quickly put me in the right. I said "I really wanted to come and cover the smart kids." And she reminded me that athletes can be smart too.
So I had fun making photos of the honorees coming into the cafeteria for this ceremony and sticking around a little while as family and friends proudly posed for photos with the new society members.
Sometimes we forget about the accomplishments of the brain that go unseen outside the walls of institutions. So it is nice to take a few moments to acknowledge the important but quieter moments of our kid's education.
The new members include Katelyn Bish, Carl Chelton, Brea Fennick, Spencer Greene, Breanna Hartsell, Megan Hawkins, Lillie Heise, Jacob Hornbeck, Hannah Krug, Madison Marczak, Mara Martinec, Michael McFarland, Mazie Mellring, Kade Morrison, Emily Russell, Ashlee Schreckengost, Britynn Snow, Baine Snyder, Emma Stahl, Alexander Stevens, Cassidy Sutley, Ansley Svolos, Katelyn Walters, Kelly Weilacher, Madalynn Wenner and Bailey Wise.