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May 11, 2014

Maple River National Honor Society a 'Star Chapter'

MAPLETON — Maple River High School’s National Honor Society chapter has been named a Star Chapter by the Minnesota Association of Honor Societies.

The honor comes after a rigorous, year-long goal-setting and point-earning process, said adviser Jason Willis. Of the 181 chapters in the state, four earned “Star” status.

“In a way, applying for ‘Star Chapter’ is like getting an audit by the IRS,” Willis said.

Maple River’s chapter had to step up day-to-day operations of the program, including holding monthly chapter meetings and bi-monthly officer meetings with solid attendance. They also had to organize eight service projects that met specific requirements and included a rotation of seniors leading the projects; and plan five social activities.

“My 28 members clocked 1,687 service hours this past year,” Willis said.

Maple River’s chapter also was honored for seniors Mikaela Trio’s and Amber Koehnen’s service project “Psyched for Science,” which included chapter members teaching and mentoring elementary students in science.

The Yearbook award, which goes to the best scrapbook of the chapter’s ongoing activities, went to vice president Kellie Gerdts.

Also, senior Courtney Jaeger was named the “All-Star” for being a “well-rounded, helpful team member,” Willis said.

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