The 2023-2024 Zeta Pi Chapter of the Eta Sigma Alpha National Home School Honor Society induction and installation of officers ceremony was conducted on November 8, 2023, at the Orange Grove Public Library.
Membership in the Eta Sigma Alpha National Home School Honor Society is an opportunity for home school scholars to be rewarded for their academic successes. To be eligible for membership consideration, students must be homeschooled, have a 3.5 grade point average, provide proof of test scores from approved standardized achievement tests, a written personal statement explaining why the applicant wants to be a member, as well as letters of recommendation.
Zeta Pi members must complete a minimum of 10 service hours per year to remain active in the chapter. Each year, the chapter sponsors several service projects for the community which in the last few years have included assisting with the installation of holiday displays and Mardi Gras route clean-up activities.
Three new members who met the criteria of scholarship, character, leadership, and service participated in the induction ceremony. Students inducted were: Emma Davis of Hattiesburg, Alyssa Frost of Hattiesburg, and Hannah Yarborough of Wilmer, AL.
In addition to inducting new members, returning members were recognized. Returning members include Samantha Diard of Pass Christian, Alexis Dillman of Long Beach, Stephen Dillman of Long Beach, Apollo Stafford of Saucier, and Drew Tiedt of Mobile, AL.
“We are very proud to recognize these outstanding members of our home school community. Eta Sigma Alpha National Home School Honor Society Zeta Pi Chapter members are chosen for and then expected to continue their exemplary contributions to their education and community,” said Joanna Dillman, chapter sponsor.
The 2023-2024 officers of the Zeta Pi Chapter of the Eta Sigma Alpha National Home School Honor Society were elected at the March 8, 2023 meeting and were installed at the Fall meeting. As officers of this organization, their collective challenge is to help members achieve their service and leadership goals. Newly installed officers include President Stephen Dillman, Vice President Drew Tiedt, Communications Officer Samantha Diard, and Secretary/Treasurer Apollo Stafford. Chapter Sponsors are Joanna Dillman and Wendy Tiedt.
Eta Sigma Alpha is the first honor society established exclusively for homeschooled students in Grades 9-12. It was founded in 1999 by Joanne E. Juren, M.Ed., Executive Director of the Home Education Partnership of Texas, Inc., it has grown into a national organization. The Zeta Pi Chapter has been active since 2015, serving the Mississippi Gulf Coast region with the purpose of providing learners with opportunities for leadership, service, networking, and socialization for homeschooled students.
Pictured left to right: Samantha Diard, Alexis Dillman, Alyssa Frost, Hannah Yarborough, Apollo Stafford, Stephen Dillman