The Killeen ISD Career Center inducted its first senior class in its newly chartered National Technical Honor Society in a formal ceremony Tuesday.

The 30 Killeen Independent School District students will spend less than a semester in the new organization and will lay groundwork for future students, establishing traditions and drafting bylaws.

David Martin, assistant principal at the second-year Career Center, said the students excel in their chosen career cluster while maintaining outstanding grades in academic courses and serving the community.

The technical honor society, similar to National Honor Society, dates to 1984 and is active on college campuses and known in the business community, Martin said.

The Career Center chapter is the 3,574th in the nation, according to its website.

Members of the organization will begin regular meetings, plan service projects, induct officers, establish operating documents and apply for scholarships.

The organization will induct its first class of sophomores and juniors in the spring to carry on the organization after the first seniors graduate in about four months.

The Career Center provides a wide range of career-focused programs, such as audio visual, information technology, auto mechanics, health sciences, digital graphics and many more in nine cluster areas.

Many of the students, while high achieving, are not “academically motivated,” said Martin, explaining that some of them had no idea their grades were so high until they qualified for the honor society.

They focus on learning in areas that interest them and in some cases pay little attention to their GPA, he said.

The NTHS criteria include academic and service requirements as well as involvement in specific career organizations.

“We’re excited for these kids and we look forward to seeing the group grow,” Martin said.

Some of the newly inducted seniors said it was a privilege to be the first class of honor society students at the Career Center.

“It’s exciting because it’s the newest way we can get involved and push higher education,” said Lance Dugger, a senior at Harker Heights High School in the Career Center education and training program.

He said the honor society would promote a tighter community at the Career Center, which draws enrollment from four high schools.

Alana Lowes, Killeen High School senior and an education student at the Career Center, said she was excited to have another scholarship opportunity and to join such an honorable organization.

“It’s nice to have a reward like this,” she said, “to know we’re doing very well.”

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