National Honor Students Emma Gothner, Anna Kowanko and Brittany Guerin, stand with newly inducted NHS members Sam Balzac, Jackson Van Wie, Megan Hall and Victoria Patenaude.
Four juniors were inducted into the Keene Central School Chapter of the National Honor Society (NHS).
Victoria Patenaude, Megan Hall, Jackson Van Wie and Sam Balzac were honored for their scholastic achievements and community service.
“We are ecstatic to receive this,” Van Wie said.
The ceremony was held in an assembly at the school on Monday, Dec. 5. Parents, teachers and students from all grades were able to participate in honoring the students.
To qualify for the NHS, students must demonstrate excellence in scholarship, leadership, service, and character. Students can exemplify this by having a grade point average of 85 percent or higher, show leadership and must serve at least 20 hours of community service.
The Keene Central School also honored Mike Whitney with the NHS Citizenship Award. Whitney, a 1973 KCS graduate, was honored for his instrumental work delivering broadband service to 100 percent of the KCS student body.
Whitney humbly accepted the recognition without a speech, later saying his greatest achievement will always be his wife, son, and beautiful grand daughters. As broadband project administrator, Whitney said that with Keene Valley Video, a cable company founded in 1979, and four years of hard work, they were able to bring broadband service to about 90 percent of the Keene and Keene Valley area and to 100 percent of the KCS students.
“We did this because no one else was willing to bring the service to the area,” Whitney said.
Whitney also coached Pee Wee baseball and basketball, modified baseball, girls varsity soccer and basketball. He has worked with the Boy Scouts and helped run the Keene Youth Commission Ski Program. He is involved in High Peaks Hospice and is currently serving as chairman of the Grant Review Committee for the Keene Flood Recovery Fund.
A special recognition was given to KCS NHS chapter founder Alden Dumas.
Dumas, a former KCS coach and history teacher, was given special recognition by the NHS for the hard work and personal service he paid to develop a NHS Chapter at KCS.
Robin Jaques, NHS Coordinator for KCS, said Dumas was the first leader of the NHS at Keene Central. He established the chapter in 1982.
“He was the driving force behind the birth of this program,” Jaques said.
The program currently has 166 active, graduate, and honorary members.
During the ceremony, the NHS honored Dumas’ work with a book containing the names of all 166 NHS members at KCS.
Dumas was unable to attend the ceremony, and his wife, Pauline, accepted the award on his behalf.
“We wanted to give him this book as a memento, with every name that he has affected written in the pages to show how many by starting this program,” said speaker Karen Glass. “He has always loved to learn and to share his learnings. There have been many coaches at KCS but there has only been one coach.”