By Chad Koenen


Megan Rinicker will be graduating from Henning High School in a few months, but the lessons she has learned in school go far beyond what she has gleaned out of a text book. 

The Henning High School senior has learned about the importance of helping others through service projects and filling a need in the community. Those two lessons are just some of what she has learned through the National Honor Society. 

“NHS has helped me grow as a person because it encourages me to have noble character. Good character traits define who we are as a person and they influence the choices we make in our lives,” she said. 

Each NHS student must focus their efforts on a community service project. Rinicker’s project will assist elementary students to write letters to military personnel overseas. 

“For my service project, I am planning to have the elementary students write letters to military personnel overseas. I developed my idea because my brother is a Marine currently stationed in Japan and I see the need to help and support these men and women,” said Rinicker. 

As she looks to the future, Rinicker said she will be utilizing the lessons she learned in NHS for the rest of her life. Some of the lessons include seeking out and engaging in meaningful service, and the importance of helping other people.

For the younger students at Henning School, Rinicker said NHS provides people the opportunity to give back to the community, all-while providing life skills that will serve them long after they graduate high school. 

“I would tell younger students that NHS is a great program to get involved in. It gives you a great opportunity to give back to the community, while giving you great life skills like leadership and accountability,” said Rinicker.