It was standing room only for the Jan. 3 meeting of the Delta City Council. Law enforcement officers from both the Delta Police Department and the Delta County Sheriff's Office witnessed the swearing in of Luke Fedler, Delta's new police chief.
Parents and students were also in attendance, as the Delta City Council proclaimed Jan. 3 as Delta Middle School National Junior Honor Society Day.
Chapter adviser Debbie Salcedo explained the organization is heavily involved in community service activities at DMS and beyond. Students in the seventh and eighth grades are eligible for membership. Chapter members meet once a month to plan a project. Additionally, officers meet once a month.
Chapter members are Alex Abila, Aubree Andre, Alyssa Bayles, Madisen Branham, Kaitlyn Branson, Pearl Burruss, Nolan Bynum, Yadira Cansigno, Emma Corbasson, Jillian Carlson, Caitlyn Carlquist, Allison Davis, Jessica Dexter, Autumn Eddy, James Goff, Grace Hall, Alexa Huff, Matthew Huff, Oaklee Hughes, Spencer Hughes, Tayler Huntley, Zachary Kuta, Melena McCormick, Arianna Nelson, Kurtis Nethington, Carisa Rhiness, Emma Roberts, Bernice Rosales, Marcy Schaal, Logan Schuster, Lillian Tindall, Emma Wise, Mia Yost and Doyle Young.
"Throughout the school year, our focus is service," Salcedo noted on the chapter website. "This service includes both service to our school, as well as the local community. Over the last several years our students diligently worked to give a hallway in our gymnasium a 'facelift,' as it had been many years since it had been painted. The chapter conducted a food drive in which we were able to provide a large amount of food to three of our DMS families during our winter vacation. An upcoming service project will also be to improve the grounds south of the sixth grade building."
Mayor Ed Sisson read the proclamation which outlined the five pillars that comprise the qualifications for membership:
Scholarship -- students must have a cumulative GPA of 85, B, 3.0 on a 4.0 scale or equivalent standard of excellence.
Service -- involves voluntary contributions made by a student to the school or community.
Leadership -- student leaders are those who are resourceful, good problem solvers, and idea contributors. Leadership experiences can be drawn from school or community activities while working with or for others.
Character -- the student of good character is cooperative; demonstrates high standards of honesty and reliability; shows courtesy, concern and respect for others; and generally maintains a clean disciplinary record.
Citizenship -- the student who demonstrates citizenship understands the importance of civic engagement; has a high regard for freedom and justice; respects the USA form of government; respects the law for all citizens at the local, state and federal levels; and demonstrates mature participation and responsibility in activities such as scouting, community or school clubs.
A second proclamation recognized Jan. 22-28 as the City of Delta's School Choice Week. "I call this observance to the attention of all of our citizens and to shine a spotlight on effective education options for children -- including traditional public schools, public charter schools, public magnet schools, private schools, parochil schools, online learning and homeschooling," the mayor read.
Superintendent Caryn Gibson outlined the many options available to students throughout Delta County and thanked the council for its support of quality education.