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Columbia students inducted into the Rho Kappa National Honor SocietyEighteen students were inducted into Columbia High School’s chapter of the Rho Kappa National Social Studies Honor Society on Monday. Rho Kappa’s mission is to promote scholarship and to recognize academic excellence in social studies among high school students.

Requirements for membership include a 90% GPA (unweighted) in all three years of Social Studies, documented participation in activities that demonstrate civic engagement in the school or community, complete at least one AP/Honors class in Social Studies with at least an 88% final average, and have completed or currently enrolled in at least one Social Studies elective course.

“These students have met the criteria by demonstrating personal initiative, scholarly dedication and drive for excellence,” said Wendy McAlonie, chair of the Columbia Social Studies Department.

The goal of Rho Kappa is to help interested students explore the rich fields within social studies by giving them opportunities to promote social studies education within the school and community. This year, the Columbia chapter is looking forward to bringing back many events that were canceled due to COVID-19 including working with elementary school students, the historical holiday tree, displays and door decorating contest celebrating black history and women’s history months.

Congratulations to the following students!

  • Brock, Aidan
  • Burke, Tessa
  • Burns, Bridget
  • Buono, Leah
  • Farnan, Evan
  • Hallock, Anna
  • Hannum, Julia
  • Manning, Alyssa
  • Motler, Annie
  • Ortega-Fisher, Anthony
  • Prendergast, Haley
  • Puglisi, Anna
  • Roche, Thomas
  • Sanbrook, Brenna
  • Sapienza, Justin
  • Seely, Ryan
  • Wagner, Makenzie
  • Yang, Steven