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Excellence in America’s Workforce Begins with Excellence in Workforce Education
Monday, April 25, 2016
“Felicitas Menti Instructae Favet” translated from Latin means “Success Favors the Prepared Mind” and is the motto of the National Technical Honor Society (NTHS), which was established in 1984.
The seven attributes of membership, which are inscribed in the official NTHS emblem, are skill, honesty, service, responsibility, scholarship, citizenship, and leadership. Their official slogan is: “Excellence in America’s Workforce Begins with Excellence in Workforce Education.”
That excellence in workforce education was recognized on April 19 and 20 as the two WSWHE BOCES Career and Technical Education (CTE) centers held their NTHS membership induction ceremonies. A total of 123 students from both centers were inducted into the NTHS, 27 for the second time.
Students must have the following to be eligible to be inducted into the NTHS:
Welding student Emma Kerr from Cambridge High School noted that being inducted into the honor society not only looks good on your resume it helps with receiving scholarships. Her fellow welding student Kyle Evarts from Fort Ann High School agreed and has already applied for scholarships with that in mind. “I worked really hard so I could be inducted into the honor society. I’m honored,” said Kyle.
There were several adult students including veterans included in the mix of students who were inducted at the ceremonies.
U.S. Army veteran David Luck has taken Heavy Equipment, Machine Tool Technology and Welding. Now in his second year of welding, this was the first time he was inducted into the honor society. “I’m honored to be inducted, especially since I’ve been out of school since 1985,” smiled Mr. Luck.
Adult student Meghan Lynch from Hudson Falls is enrolled in the Licensed Practical Nursing program. She said of her achievement, “I’m really proud of myself. I wanted to set an example for my kids.” The mother of six, said her mother was an LPN for 50 years and that she used to go with her to appointments. So when it was time for a change and she decided to go back to school, she chose the LPN program. “They have awesome clinicals,” said Mrs. Lynch.
The ceremonies began with the WSWHE BOCES District Superintendent James Dexter telling students that their hard work has paid off. He said, “You’ll have a high school diploma and marketable skills as you graduate and move on to college, technical school or on to be gainfully employed.”
At the Southern Adirondack Education Center, Nicole Mabey, Dean of Students, said, "As legendary football coach Vincent T. Lombardi said, 'The difference between a successful person and others is not a lack of strength, not a lack of knowledge, but rather a lack of will.' You all have the will or you wouldn’t be here tonight.”
Machine Tool Technology student Tyler Odell is just one of many who portrays that will. The Hudson Falls High School student said, “It’s like any other class you’ve taken at your home school. You have to put in the effort. I missed being inducted last year by one point. I worked to get in this year.”
Congratulations to all students who were inducted into the NTHS. Below are the students who were inducted at each center.