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Nine students inducted into National Honor Society
Posted 02/15/2019 10:12AM

Nine juniors and seniors were inducted into the Academy of the Sacred Heart chapter of the National Honor Society on February 14. Since its establishment in 1921, the National Honor Society has recognized high school students who demonstrate excellence in the qualities of scholarship, leadership, service, and character. These characteristics serve as the criteria for selection as well as the newly inducted member's responsibility to uphold. With this honor, members recognize the importance of community service both in and out of school.

The ceremony opened with National Honor Society members sharing their reflections on the meaning of the four qualities of character, service, leadership, and scholarship. This year's inductees were then introduced and received pins and certificates from Sr. Melanie Guste, RSCJ, Headmistress; Julie Boyd, Upper School Division Head; and Ricky Bordelon, National Honor Society Moderator. After inductees recited the National Honor Society Pledge, senior Alyssa Langlois introduced alumna guest speaker, Michelle DeRussy Dodenhoff '81, Senior Vice President and Chief Development Officer for Ochsner Health System.

Dodenhoff came to Ochsner from the University of South Carolina, where she served as the Vice President for Development and Alumni Affairs. She was responsible for all programs and activities related to philanthropic support and alumni engagement and launched a successful $1 billion for the university.

Prior to joining the University of South Carolina, Dodenhoff spent more than a decade with Tulane University Health Sciences Center, where she served as the Director of Annual Giving, Director of Alumni Relations and Annual Giving, and Director of Major Gifts. Among her many accomplishments at Tulane, Dodenhoff organized, oversaw, and participated in the leadership and major gifts phase of the health sciences portion of the university’s $225 million capital campaign.

Other notable positions include her role as the Director of Special Gifts at Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center in New York, NY, where she was a part of a $20 million campaign for the Center for Diagnostic Imaging and Breast Cancer.

A New Orleans native, Dodenhoff earned her B.A. in Economics from Hollins University in Roanoke, VA. She has served as a member of the Sacred Heart Alumnae Board and is a Past President.

Following the induction ceremony, Dodenhoff joined NHS members and their families for a reception in the parlor to celebrate the inductees.

2019 National Honor Society Inductees:

Katie Babin '20
Catherine Grace Connick '20
Eva Dreiling '20
Pierce Gibbons '20
Mary Kate Luetkemeier '19
Monet Ménard '20
Molly Moore '20
Shannon Plough '20
Julia Smith '19

National Honor Society Membership:

Elizabeth Coman '19
Zoe Faulkner '19
Eva Fenasci '19
Amelia Huddell '19
Madeline Kling '19
Alyssa Langlois '19
Isabella Mannino '19
Emma McFadden '19
Gigi McLeod '19
Gabriella Mehaffie '19
Mary Rose Neumeyer '21
Ali Redmann '19
Wagner Williams '19

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