By Chad Koenen


Henning National Honor Society has given Desta Misegades an opportunity to experience new things, while also giving back to the greater Henning community through volunteer options over the past two years. 

“National Honor Society volunteer work has put me into leadership positions I would previously have never been involved in. I have had the opportunity to volunteer leading groups of small children, middle school students and have stepped out of my comfort zone and led large groups of those my age and older,” she said. 

In addition to volunteering at a number of events throughout the year, each NHS member must develop and organize a community service project of their own. Misegades’ community service project centered around sharing her love of rodeos with local youth. 

“For my service project I (held) a clinic for those in elementary, middle school and high school teaching them the rules and techniques of one of my favorite rodeo events—goat tying. I have been asked to do a clinic on multiple occasions and have done a few prior to this,” she said. 

Misegades said the leadership skills and responsibilities she has learned through NHS will help her long after she leaves Henning School. She said the organization has also helped her gain confidence as a leader in hera school, community and the sport of rodeo that she dedicates her time to throughout the year. She recommended that younger students at Henning School should find something they are passionate about and work hard to excel at that activity. 

“I highly recommend younger students find something that they are passionate about and get as involved in it as possible. Extracurricular have taught me a great deal about leadership, hard work, time management, and have also helped me to create friendships and relationships that will last me a lifetime,” she said.