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Junior high students honored for academics and leadership

WARRENSBURG - Basking in both the glow of candlelight and their parents' and friends' admiration, 29 Warrensburg High School students were inducted Nov. 19 into the local chapter of the National Junior Honor Society.

The inductees were chosen for their personal achievements in scholarship, service, leadership, character and citizenship - and five members of the local chapter spoke about these characteristics during the candlelight induction ceremony held at the school.

On leadership, 9th grader Adam Langworthy said that leaders put forth extra effort into all their pursuits, not only their own work but helping those in need. Leadership means not taking the easy way out and being aware that others count on them to set an example.

"If your actions inspire others to dream more, learn more, do more and become more, you are a leader," Langworthy said, quoting John Quincy Adams, Langworthy said.

WCS High School freshman Allie Squires said the concept of character extended beyond being polite and respectful, she said it's about meeting life's challenges and making choices based on integrity, not on peer approval.

"Character is doing the right thing even if it means going against what's cool or its what everyone else is doing," she said. "It's also believing that when times are hard, you can get up and face another day."

Sophomore Jack Eaton said scholarship went beyond merely acquiring knowledge, and was an important trait in attaining success in life. Exemplary scholarship, he said, not only required studying hard, and paying attention in classes, but a matter of determination and dedication.

"Scholarship is not only the possession of knowledge, but having the work ethic to succeed in attaining knowledge," he said.

Freshman Amanda Russo said citizenship required awareness and involvement - not only in a variety of school activities but in the greater community, which could include actions for environmental benefit.

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