By Chad Koenen


Gracie Grabe shared her love for ice skating with a number of Henning area children earlier this winter as part of her National Honor Society service project. Grabe hosted several ice skating lessons at the Henning skating rink with the hopes of showing children the basics of skating, while potentially sparking a new interest in the sport. The lessons were free and routinely had over 10 children attending each week.

“I developed the idea because I wanted kids in my community to have access to ice skating lessons. I have always loved ice skating, but I know it isn’t possible for kids in my community to travel as far as I do for lessons. This is why I decided to give local lessons for free,” said Grabe.

Grabe said the lessons she learned as a part of NHS helped her grow because it taught her the importance of community service and leadership. The organization has also given her the opportunity to help others in the community.

“NHS has given me an opportunity to help others because it has allowed me to participate in multiple service opportunities throughout the year, as well as allowing me to be involved in creating my personal service project,” she said. 

As she prepares for life after Henning High School, the Henning resident said NHS has helped her develop leadership skills that will assist her both in college and her future career.

For the younger students at Henning School, Grabe said it is important for the students to work hard as their work will pay off in the end.

“The advice I would give to younger students is to work hard in high school. Although it might be tough, it is worth it in the end,” she said.