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i News Wednesday, March 19, 2014 Vol. 55, No. 12 Monday, April i. The meeting appointment blood or for more Cross, : or call (1-800;733 Mt. Zion High School Chapter Of National Honor Society Inducts New Members by CRYSTAL REED Editor Mt. Zion High School honored students who embody scholarship, leadership, citizenship, service and character this past Tuesday night. The Mt. Zion Chapter of the National Honor Society held their yearly induction ceremony. During this year's ceremony the group welcomed 17 new members into the society. The five pillars of the organization are: scholarship, leadership, citizenship, service and character. In order to meet the scholarship requirement, inductees must have at least a 3.0 grade point average on a 4.0 scale or equivalent standard of excellence. Leadership is another pillar of the society. Students should demonstrate leadership within the school and community. They should also exhibit resourcefulness, be good problem solvers and support and promote school activities. Through service, members should have made voluntary contributions to the community or school. In regards to character, students must hold themselves to higher standards of conduct. They should hold principles of morality and ethics and have a high standard for honesty. At the ceremony, 41 graduating seniors received gold stoles to Antioch Christian C National Honor Society President Jessica Ames (standing) speaks about the pillars of the organization as High School Principal Mr. Kraig Garber (far left), National Honor Society Adviser Elisa Lewis (second from left) and National Honor Society Treasurer Craig Kenney (far right) look on. Inductees group photo on page 12. photo by Crystal Reed. wear at graduation signifying their membership. Inductees were introduced individually with a short description of their accomplishments. All inductees took a pledge together stating they would uphold the rules of the organization. This year's inductees were: Emily Bone, Andrew Horton, Nasrin' Hosseini, Katelyn Marshall, Ethan Mason, Kayla Waiters, Laura Mao, Ashley Miller, Jacob Morgan, Ean Watson, Tawni Williams, Lucas Wolbers, Nicole Beavers, Jenna Chervinko, Ben Cleveland, Morgan Engmann and Jenna Haddock. hurch Celebrates Making Final Mortgage Payment by CRYSTAL REED Editor Antioch Christian Church officially paid off the mortgage on their buiMing this past Sunday. From right to left: Cheryl Smith, Mayor of Long Creek; Kyle Pflum, Market President for Mt. Zion and Long Creek branches of Prairie State Bank and Trust, Pastor Steve Devore of Antioch Christian Church and Becky Hamilton, President of the Mt. Zion Chamber of Commerce. More photos on page 6, ,!;d, Oto by Crystal Reed. 7th Grade Volleyball with 26-1 record will play Channahon for IESA Class 4A State Title Team Members: (Back) Principal Jerry Birkey, Kylie Nichols, Maddie Brown, Reiley Drake, Kaitlyn Lillpop, Anna Tyrolt, Dayna Kennedy, Kynzie Wrigley, Courtney Maley, Coach Stephanie White, (Front) Gabbie Koslofski, Bailey Davis, Emma Ewing, Ali Vaughn, Karlee McAtee, and Stephanie Hurm. Photo and info provided by Jay McAtee The Mt. Zion 7th Grade Junior High Volleyball team advanced to IESA State after defeating Springfield 25-12, 25-15 which improved them to 24-1 going into State at East Peoria this past weekend. Mt. Zion started off in first round action against Bloomington Junior High defeating them 25-14 and 25-19. Then it was onto Semi Final Action vs. Edwardsville Lincoln with Mt. Zion winning 25-17. 25-18 and improving to 26-1 overall record as they will compete in the State Title Contest Tuesday, March 18th vs. an undefeated Channahon team. For more check out Antioch Christian Church was celebrating last Sunday morning that a finatlelal weight had been lifted off the church's shoulders. During their regular service Pastor Steve Devote presented a check to Kyle Pflum of Prairie state Bank for $10,398.65 that paid off the church's mortgage. The cost of the church's 2007 relocation project was $1.42 million. The church saved up $600,000 through fundraising campaigns and managing their money and then borrowed $800,000. Pflum presented Devore with the original note and a copy of the mortgage stamped paid. The original church' building is located across the highway and is about 1/3 of the size of the current location. Attendance has increased since the move as well with an average attendance of 100 people at the old location and they average around 233 for their services currently. Becky Hamilton of the Mt. Zion Chamber of Commerce was a special guest that day and was invited to speak. Hamilton stated that the church has been a member of the Chamber of Commerce for 18 years and received the Business of the Year award in 2008, To her knowledge they are the only church that has received this award.: She also stated that, it was a vision of one of their members in 2012 to have a community prayer breakfast. "This past October the Mt. ZiOn Chamber of Commerce was honored to host. its 2nd Annual Prayer Breakfast with an attendance of over 300 people at the Mr. Zion Convention Center," Hamilton said "thank you.very .much for tlaat Vision that came from this church." She also stated that the church also holds one of the' most looked forward to luncheons of the year each October. The church donates the proceeds from the luncheon to the Mt. Zion Community Children's Christmas Fund. Cheryl Smith, Mayor of Long Creek' was also a special guest, Devore stated that Long Creek has been helptul to the church since the beginning of the project. Smith presented Devore with a certificate of appreciation from the Village of Long Creek. The certificate stated "Thank you for your investment in the Long Creek community and your continued commitment to remain in the village, to enhance the living experience for our residents and provide moral guidance and spiritual healing.'" continued on page 5 ,.r