I have two daughters. They will both tell you that I have been very selective when it comes to publishing their accolades in the paper because I never want someone to accuse them of having preferential treatment.
So, I go out of my way to keep their names and photos out of the paper if they have been recognized for something special.
My oldest daughter, Shaina, 24, is married now. There were countless proud moments as a parent that I cherished like the many times she was recognized for outstanding gymnastics and competitive cheerleading. But none of those accolades made the paper, just family photo albums.
Most of my youngest daughter’s accomplishments, whether they have originated in the swimming pool or in the classroom, have been well documented on my wife’s Facebook page, but not in the paper.
That changes today as I take the liberty of writing this column about my 17-year-old daughter, Brandi, who was inducted into the National Honor Society this past week during a ceremony at Walker High School.
Of course, the photos were posted to the aforementioned Facebook page. But I want Brandi to know how proud her mother and I are of her recent recognition.
Established in 1921, the National Honor Society (NHS) is the nation’s premier organization established to recognize outstanding high school students. More than just an honor roll, the NHS serves to honor those students who have demonstrated excellence in areas of Scholarship, Leadership, Service and Character.
Today, it is estimated more than 1 million students participate in NHS activities thanks to chapters in all 50 states, the District of Columbia, Puerto Rico, many U.S. territories and Canada.
It was apparent last week the NHS is alive and well here as hundreds of proud parents attended the ceremony at Walker High. And I am certain the same was true at all local public and private schools with NHS chapters.
It has been less than a year since my family joined me in Jasper. The move was most difficult on my daughter as she left the only circle of friends she ever knew back in Kentucky.
But today she hangs out with friends here and concentrates on her studies, just like I knew she would.
And for that I am grateful to the community we now call home.
Jack McNeely is publisher of the Daily Mountain Eagle and can be contact by phone at 205-221-2840 or via email at firstname.lastname@example.org.