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Honor Society Ceremony passes the torch to juniors like Serena Davila

By Thomas Sellers Jr.

Serena Davila

Serena Davila

The name Serena Davila might end up in lights one day.
But for now, the name seems to appear on several important documents, awards, rosters and noteworthy accomplishments.
“I don’t even look at those things anymore,” the Millington Central High School junior said. “‘Oh, cool, another award.’ Then I toss it in the stack. I don’t take them for granted. To be honest, and I say this modestly, there’s so many I don’t get a chance to look into every single one to see what it entails.”
Although Davila has grown accustomed to winning and receiving awards, the daughter of Stephanie Massey was smiling the night of May 12 because of her latest honor. Along side several peers, Davila was inducted into William L. Osteen Chapter of the National Honor Society in the MCHS Auditorium.
“I’m very excited about this,” Davila said. “It’s one of the more important things that I’ve done. It’s exciting to be honored in such a way and be a part of something so respected and honorable.”
Faculty sponsors Cate Mitchell and James Horton joined current NHS members to perform the induction. MCHS senior and NHS President Josh Taylor led the inductees in the NHS pledge after his peers reviewed the four pillars of the organization, scholarship, leadership, service and character. Members Lindsey Harris, Jessica Parks, Holly Smith and Taylor read the definitions for those pillars.
Davila’s resume’ reflects those characteristics. The 17-year-old from Kansas City, Kansas moved to the Millington area in 2009. When she began to attend MCHS, she joined the volleyball team, cheerleading squad, NJROTC and Millington Choir.
Davila has displayed her vocal and acoustic talents on stage the past couple of years. She even finds time to do community service and volunteer for teachers while maintaining a 4.2 grade point average.
“I just keep striving for A’s, all the little stuff counts,” she said. “It all adds up and averages up together.”
Davila is ranked in the top 10 of the Class of 2016 at Millington. Now she has the honor of being a member of the MCHS National Honor Society. Davila continues to build her resume’ toward college and her future.
“I want to make a difference in the world,” she said. “I want to do what I love and make a difference.”
With so much talent and various interests, Davila said she even doesn’t know what her future holds.
“To be determined,” she said. “It will probably be a little bit of everything. I’ve never been the type to just settle on one thing. I like to try a little of this and a little of that. I try to excel at it all. It takes a lot.
“But my name better end up in lights,” Davila concluded. “That would be nice.”
The William L. Osteen Chapter, named after the educating pioneer of Millington, was established in 1965. The 2015 induction is the first under Millington Municipal Schools.

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