A group of Palmerton Area High School students have taken their rightful place among the elite.

When all was said and done, 15 students were recently ushered into the prestigious National Honor Society.

The high school's induction got under way in the auditorium with a warm welcome by Michelle Muffley, NHS adviser.

Lyndsey Heinrich, who served as Master of Ceremonies and is president of the NHS, followed with the introduction of the student speakers, Muffley said.

Muffley said NHS members spoke as well. Senior NHS member Blake Campbell spoke on scholarship; Brianna Hoglen, leadership; Kristen Romano, character and Jillian Farkas, service. Students Megan Mummey and Kaitlin Reimer, read the inductee's biographies, she said.

Along with Campbell, fellow NHS senior member William Heinick provided the music throughout the installation service, while fellow NHS senior members Elizabeth Hahn, Amber Hettler, Jordan Ruzicka, Abigail Storm and Derek Szena, also participated, Muffley said.

The guest speaker for the evening ceremonies was high school Associate Principal William Congdon, she said. Also taking part in the evening's program was Superintendent Carol Boyce and high school Principal Kathy Egan, Muffley said.

The evening was completed with a reception in the high school lobby in honor of the new members of the NHS, said Muffley.

The new students installed into the Palmerton National Honor Society were John Achtermann, Rebekah Ahner, Benjamin Andrews, Aaron Cook, Brittany DeFrain, Vanessa Evans, Greta Hartsell, Kelsey Hay, Kalyn Lehr, Karl Pielmeier, Michelle Rickert, Steven Semmel, Cheyann Sensinger, Jennifer Snyder, and Chuck Sterling, she said.

"These young men and women have demonstrated excellence in the areas of scholarship, leadership, service and character," Muffley said. "It is estimated that over one million students participate yearly in this organization."

The 2010-2011 Palmerton Area High School Chapter Officers are Heinrich, president, Romano, vice-president, Hoglen, secretary and Mummey, treasurer.

The NHS, which took root in 1921, continues each year to recognize outstanding students both in high school and junior high school all across America.