By Gary Collins
Pine Bluffs Post 

Four PBHS students inducted into National Honor Society


Gary Collins/Pine Bluffs Post

The 2017 inductees to the David J. Souder chapter of the National Honor Society at Pine Bluffs High School are, from left to right, Taylor Crouse, Karla De La Cruz, Jadyn Golding, and Alyssa Miller.

Continuing a 54 year tradition, four Pine Bluffs High School (PBHS) students were inducted into the school's National Honor Society (NHS), David J. Souder chapter in a Tuesday evening ceremony.

After reciting the new member pledge, the four had become members of the school's chapter, which was established in 1963 and named in Honor of David Souder.

David James Souder was a senior at PBHS for the first semester of the 1957-8 school year. On January 1, 1958, while hunting with a friend, he attempted to crawl under a barbed wire fence. A handgun Souder had placed in his waistband discharged, fatally wounding the young man.

The 1958 PBHS yearbook, The Pines, had a page set aside, In Memorium, for Souder. An unattributed quote read:

""Dave' was loved by everyone who knew him. He was always kind and considerate and a friend to all who knew him."

The page concluded with a stanza from a hymn by John Greenleaf Whittier, the American Quaker poet:

"I know not what the future hath

Of marvel and surprise

Assured alone that life and death

God's mercy underlies."

Souder was student body president until the time of his death. He was a member of the youth choir and the high school band. His love of science earned him a Bausch and Lomb Science award and he had qualified as a semi-finalist for a National Merit Scholarship.

The new members, Taylor Crouse, Karla De La Cruz, Jadyn Golding, and Alyssa Miller each stepped forward, as their names were called, to receive tokens of membership, sign the official chapter Register and light their candles.

Crouse is the daughter of David and Dawn Crouse and a junior at PBHS. She spends many hours volunteering with Pheasants Forever, Crossroads Community Church and Laramie County 4-H shooting sports. She loves snowboarding, her horse, archery and the shotgun. She plans to attend Eastern Wyoming college and hopes to move on to Colorado State University on her way to becoming a veterinarian.

De La Cruz is a sophomore, and the daughter of Chon De La Cruz and Andrea Garcia. She is an active member of FFA, FSA, 4-H, Pine Bluffs roping club and the Spanish Club. She is also the 2017 Trial Days Queen.

Golding, a senior, is the daughter of Dean and Darla Golding. She is involved in FBLA, student council and 4-H. She participates on the volleyball, basketball and track teams at PBHS. She plans to attend Laramie County Community College to study secondary education. She hopes one day to coach basketball.

Miller, a junior, is the daughter of Angela and Curtis Lund. She participates in FBLA, volleyball, student council and now the NHS. She enjoys English courses and creative writing. She has plans to attend the University of Wyoming to study secondary education.

The induction ceremony was opened and presided over by NHS Chapter President Melissa Fornstrom.

After opening remarks, Fornstrom called, one at a time, four current chapter members to each present the four qualities, scholarship, leadership, character and service necessary to being a chapter member. In their presentation each student provided a quote highlighting that quality.

Prior to speaking on Scholarship. Natalie Christofferson stepped up to a table, stage front, and lit a candle to symbolize scholarship as a pillar of the society. "The oldest and most common ceremony is the candle-lighting service," according to the National Honor Society Handbook, She was followed by Sierra Shelit, who prior to speaking of leadership, lit her candle. Hunter Thompson, followed suit on service and Brandon Steege finished with character.

After the presentation of the new members and they had been led by Fornstrom in the pledge, Todd Sweeter, PBHS principal gave some brief remarks. In Fornstrom's closing remarks, she twice led the audience in applause for the new inductees and invited one and all for refreshments.


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