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Service is a foundational tenet of National Honor Society and New York State Business Honor Society Chapters. On October 27, the Andes Central School Chapters joined forces to sponsor a community service event honoring local volunteers. The Andes chapters brought together members of the Andes Fire Department, the Emergency Medical Squad and the Auxiliary for an honor dinner and recognition program. Over 50 local volunteers were recognized.
Under the direction of Mrs. Kathy Whittaker, the advisor of both Andes Honor Chapters, the students helped plan and serve the meal and orchestrate the program. Originally scheduled for Tuesday night, the program was pushed back one night when the ACS Girls’ Soccer team took a two-hour ride to Candor to play their Section IV playoff game.
The soccer conflict meant that guest speaker Assemblyman Cliff Crouch could not make the program. Andes Supervisor Marty Donnelly pinch-hit for the assemblyman expressing his appreciation for the dedicated service of so many local heroes. Karli Tait, president of both Andes Chapters, also addressed the crowd drawing parallels between the tenets that underpin Honor Society selection with the characteristics of the local volunteers. In particular, Tait used examples of each group’s contributions to Andes community life as they relate to service, character, leadership, scholarship, and professionalism.
Although Crouch had another commitment on Wednesday, his presence was felt. The assemblyman sent personal merit certificates to be presented to all the honorees. Honor Society members made the presentations as each volunteer was introduced and recognized for their valued and appreciated community service.
Andes new Presbyterian minister, Reverend Steven Swanson was also on hand to deliver the dinner blessing.