National Honor Society

IMG_1972[1]I had the privilege today to attend the National Honor Society Induction Ceremony at Clinton-Massie High School. My daughter, along with 26 other students, were accepted into NHS and the ceremony not only honored them, but also underscored the values of NHS.

There were a couple of things that stood out about the morning. The first was the emphasis of the four standards of NHS: Character, Scholarship, Leadership & Service. Normally when I think of NHS, I think of good grades. The brief program this morning brought to light the importance of the other characteristics. Current members read a brief explanation of each standard. One of the statements that stood out to me went something like this:  “The development of character happens by choice, not by chance.”  Thought that was a powerful statement.

The other thing that stood out to me is that each inductee had an influential adult escort him/her during the ceremony.  It was cool to see parents, teachers, coaches, and family friends who were selected to accompany the students.  It gave the students a moment to honor adults who have impacted them and it communicated that we are who we are because of the people in our lives.

It was an honor for the families and the students who are now members of NHS.

Articles on Syd’s Commitment

20130209-191303.jpgA couple of nice articles are posted about Syd’s verbal commitment to Louisville.

One is on The Cardinal Authority which covers U of L’s football and basketball teams.  You can read the full article here, but this is the opening paragraph.

The University of Louisville women’s basketball team landed its first verbal commitment in the Class of 2014 on Saturday. Harveysburg, Ohio, Clinton-Massie junior forward Sydney Brackemyre committed to the Cardinals. Cardinal Authority has the story and why she pulled the trigger.

This link came across Twitter today.  The Premier Basketball Report has an article on Syd.  The PBR is a basketball scouting and recruiting service that helps connect high school girls’ basketball players with college scouts from around the country.  I have to say I liked the title of the article – Cardinal Delight.  Click here to see the article on the PBR site and below is what they said about her decision:

This past weekend, Sydney Brackemyre from Clinton-Massie high school in Harveysburg, Ohio, gave her verbal commitment to Coach Jeff Walz and the University of Louisville. She chose the Cardinals over offers from the University of Michigan and Dayton University.

This 6’1 forward gives the Cardinals the ability to spread the floor because of her ability to knock down the three ball and expose a smaller defender on the low block.

“I chose the University of Louisville because it has a good FCA plus I like the campus and school size. Overall, it has a family atmosphere,” Brackemyre said.

She plans to study kinesiology when she joins the Cardinals for the 2014-2015 season.

Right now, Brackemyre is recovering from a torn ACL she suffered on December 29th. She is working hard in rehab so she can play during July of the club season. We at Premier Basketball Report wish her a speedy and full recovery.