The Perry High School National Honor Society expanded on Monday, Nov. 5 as 29 new members were inducted.

The induction ceremony was held in the Perry Performing Arts Center. Before the new members were inducted, they heard about the four NHS pillars.

Kayla McFarland first lit a candle for the pillar of scholarship. She said the pillar means a student is willing to spend time studying both during school and after it has ended.

“Candidates have to charge to continually expand their world through the opportunities,” in scholarship, McFarland said.

The second candle was lit for the pillar of leadership. Brianna Fields said leadership should have a positive influence for the school. Candidates should take initiative, she said, both in and out of the classroom.

“The real leader strives to train and aid others to reach their goals,” Fields said.

Adriana Eastman then lit the third candle for the service pillar. Service can be started, she said, during daily activities to help others in and out of school.

“The willingness to work for the benefit of those in need, without monetary compensation, or public recognition, is a quality we seek in our membership,” Eastman said. “We are committed to volunteering our time and talents to the creation of a better tomorrow.”

The fourth and final candle was then lit by Julia Stetzel for the pillar of character. She said character is what makes everyone unique and helps guide everyone through life.

“By demonstrating such qualities as respect, responsibility, trustworthiness, fairness, caring and citizenship, we may hope to prove by example that we value character,” Stetzel said.

Chapter President Jamileth Sarceno then read the names of the new inductees.

The 29 junior and senior students signed their membership cards and received a flower before they shook hands with Advisor Alyse Garcia and received their certificates.

The current and new NHS members then recited the NHS pledge before Principal Dan Marburger spoke to the students and the crowd.

“This night is one of my favorites and our most prestigious. Congratulations on receiving this honor,” he said.

Marburger went on to thank the parents for raising great kids and the faculty for taking time to honor the NHS students.

“Lastly, thank you to our wonderful students,” Marburger said. How great is it that your teachers, parents and mentors thought enough of you to be here tonight. Keep doing great things.”