Claire Spitz ‘20: As the school year starts to progress into full swing, the after-school programs Romeo offers follow suit. One of the most prestigious of the bunch, the National Honor Society, commences a new chapter, sending out eligibility letters to students with a 3.5 GPA or higher. Along with the scholars embarking on a new journey, the new leaders of the Romeo chapter of the National Honors Society, veteran teachers Mrs. Kowalke and Ms. Mies, get a chance to dive into the world of NHS.
The position in past years belonged to Mr. Boggio, currently the Academy Coach for The Academies at Romeo, and now passed on to these two experienced educators. The National Honors Society, an organization that reaches nationwide, contains chapters based in high schools. NHS bases admission on four pillars: scholarship (academic achievement), leadership, service, and character.
Focusing on these attributes for the upcoming year, Ms. Mies and Mrs. Kowalke contain hope for the success of these students:
“I am eager to help the students become prosperous in their academics and through exhibiting the other traits as well,” Kowalke said.
This dynamic duo compliments each other perfectly. What one lacks, the other excels. When one needs help, the other always shows up with a helping hand. This positive environment between the two translate into the driven group of young adults, willing to sacrifice for the benefit of the group as well for themselves.
“However tasking it can be to balance my normal workload and NHS, I am very thankful to have Kowalke by my side to support me – we get along very well,” Mies said.
“I appreciate the ability to bounce ideas off of another co-advisor, there is a great deal of planning involved and she is a good idea person. It makes things run much smoother,” Kowalke said.
Romeo High School considers itself quite lucky to experience the leadership of these co-advisors to guide the students to a bright future; not only in the classroom, but throughout their lives.