MASON — A new honor society, aimed at recognizing students who excel in history, has been established at Wahama High School.
A total of 14 students will be inducted into the Rho Kappa Honor Society on May 17, according to advisor Catherine Hamm. Students had to complete an application and compose a two-page essay to be considered for the honor.
Those being inducted include Isaiah Pauley, who was elected president of the inaugural group; Tilar Darst, vice president; Rebecca Gerlach, secretary/treasurer; Christopher Hesson and Madison VanMeter, historians; as well as Mikenzie Warth; Bryton Grate; Kristin DeVault; Ashley Adams; Shelby Gerlach; Krista Clay; Heather Grimm; Matt Wood; and Elizabeth Mullins.
Hamm said as members, each student will be required to complete an individual project each school year, as well as participate in one larger group project. The society will hold regular meetings, as well as promote events such as the Social Studies Fair and National History Day.
The advisor said former Wahama students Chris Rizer and A.J. Howard inspired many of the school’s students after completing the Brown Cemetery project last year. Rizer and Howard led about 15 other teens in cleaning and clearing the cemetery, as well as documenting the 500 people buried there, many of whom died in the 1800s.
The honor society students gave several reasons why history is important to them, including Kristin DeVault. DeVault, who is a senior, said she plans to major in history in college, with a minor in museum studies. She stated it is her goal to open a museum in Mason County.
Families of the students will be invited to attend the induction ceremony, as well as a reception following.
Mindy Kearns is a freelance writer for Ohio Valley Publishing who lives in Mason County.