The National Honor Society was established by the National Association of Secondary School Principals in 1921 in hopes of creating an organization that would recognize and encourage academic achievement while also developing other characteristics essential to citizens in a democracy. These ideals of scholarship, leadership, service, and character remain as relevant today as they were in 1921. Now, ninety-one years later, the National Honor Society has become a prestigious organization with a reputation for excellence. On May 17, 2012, the Richland Springs chapter of the National Honor Society held a formal installation ceremony for the induction of new members. The ceremony was held in the R.S. cafetorium. New members inducted were Melanie Hedley, daughter of Mark and Michelle Hedley, and Brook Vaughn, daughter of Candi and Jason Lewis and Darrell Vaughn. President Kensie Green opened the ceremony by welcoming the student body, teachers, parents, and guests. Cheyenne Tharp lit the candle of leadership and issued the call to leadership. Sara Hedley discussed character and lit the candle representing the force within each individual which distinguishes that person from another. Katelynn Teel lit the candle representing service and told about the various ways that one can serve. Brooklyn McGinty related how scholarship means a commitment to learning and lit the candle recognizing scholarship. Thomas Fowler recited the NHS poem, “Hold High the Torch” while Brooklyn McGinty and Katelynn Teel tapped the new members. President Green led the recitation of the pledge of membership, and Superintendent, Don Fowler, presented the new members with certificates of membership as they were pinned. A reception followed the ceremony.