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Picture of table display for National Technical Honor Society

National Technical Honor Society Induction

To say "What an evening!"  is an understatement.  National Honor Society has become a part of the KACC fabric this year with the inaugural National Technical Honor Society Induction Ceremony held at ONU's Kresge Auditorium. KACC Principal, Tim Guerin sought out this opportunity on behalf of our students, once again, seeking avenues to recognize the excellent students we serve.

Family, friends, teachers and home school principals filled the auditorium to celebrate the achievement of becoming a member of the National Technical Honor Society (NTHS).  By the time the ceremony opened at 7:00 p.m., the excitement and sense of pride was palpable. 

The benchmarks these students met involved a culmination of their KACC grade point average, attendance, teacher recommendation as well as their involvement in community service.  These talented, well-rounded students make up our inaugural group of NTHS members. 

Following the pledge of allegiance, Mr. Guerin opened the evening promising everyone they were going to hear him "say the word excited" a lot this evening, because that is "exactly how I feel, excited!."  

Kankakee Country Auditor, KACC alum, and great partner to KACC, Jake Lee, was then introduced as Keynote Speaker.  Mr. Lee spoke to the crowd, sharing words which were very inspiring, whether you were 8 or 88 years of age.  Mr. Lee intertwined a personal story demonstrating how when something happens that is initially perceived to be grave, can, in fact, be a blessing.  He talked to the students about leadership, using the word LEAD as an Acronym: L - Learn (always be learning);  E-Empower others; A - Added Value (bring it!) and D - Dream.  Mr. Lee also gave these young men and women specific examples they can take - at their current age and stage of life - complimenting them on their abilities and knowledge.

Following Mr. Lee's remarks, each student was introduced individually and given their NTHS Portfolio which contained their Certificate of Membership, a wallet-sized member card and a tassel, before being presented with their NTHS silver and purple cords which they will wear at their high school graduation. (Click on this link to view pictures of the evening:  Ceremony Review in Pictures

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Picture of KACC National Honor Society Inductees on state at Olivet Nazareen University Kresge Auditorium

Following the students taking the National Honor Society Pledge to solidify their membership, students and attendees were invited to continue the celebration at a short reception.  KACC Dean of Students, Lucas Papineau, while recapping the evening in discussions, remarked how exciting it was to be a part of this ceremony and have the opportunity to hear the keynote address given by Jake Lee.

All in all, it was a great night.  We look forward to watching these, and all of our students continue to excel in the years to come.  Thanks to the National Technical Honor Society for welcoming Kankakee Area Career Center into the fold.


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