On November 11, 2016, the Lancaster Mennonite High School chapter of the National Honor Society inducted 18 students selected on the basis of service, scholarship, leadership and character. State Senator Lloyd Smucker, a 1981 alumnus, was the keynote speaker. Smucker serves as chair of the Senate Education Committee.

Smucker was warmly introduced by Superintendent J. Richard Thomas, who reflected on Smucker’s days as an LMS student. Thomas noted that the 1981 yearbook listed Smucker’s goal as managing a drywall company and, before becoming a State Senator in 2008, he indeed owned the Smucker Company, a commercial construction firm with more than 150 employees.

In his address, Smucker called students to live by the four standards of the NHS — scholarship, leadership, service and character — and talked about the importance of living a life of integrity.

Juniors and seniors who have a cumulative grade point average of at least 3.5 are invited to submit an application to be considered for NHS membership. The faculty is then asked for input regarding the applicants’ fitness in the four areas of service, scholarship, leadership and character, after which a faculty council reviews all the information and decides which students, should be inducted.

The LMH chapter welcomed the following new members who met all the criteria for induction:


  • Natnail Belete
  • Kehang Chang
  • Tsz Wing Fong
  • Alexa Kurtz
  • Victor Muhagachi
  • WenYuan Wang


  • MacKenzi Bowman
  • Melanie Delduco
  • Sarah Hartman
  • Xinyi Huang
  • Paige Keener
  • Sarah Knox
  • Conner McCall
  • Peter Millar
  • Benjamin Millar
  • Kyung Seob Woo
  • Jialiang Zhang
  • Wanyue Zhu