102-year-old passes down National Honor Society pin

Courtesy photo Cassidy Magnuson, left, a junior at Escanaba High School, accepts a National Honor Society (NHS) pin from her great-grandmother, Elveda Hansen, after Magnuson was inducted into the society in December. Hansen has held onto the pin since 1932 and waited three generations to present the pin to a family member that was also inducted into NHS. Hansen is 102 years old.

ESCANABA — A junior at Escanaba High School is following in her great-grandmother’s footsteps by being inducted into the volunteer service organization National Honor Society (NHS).

Cassidy Magnuson, 16, daughter of Rory and Brooke Magnuson, was inducted into the Escanaba chapter of NHS on Dec. 10, 2017, during an induction ceremony held at the high school, explained her grandmother, Lynne Magnuson.

After the induction ceremony, Lynne, Cassidy and other family members headed to Christian Park Village nursing home in Escanaba to present Cassidy with a family heirloom — her great-grandmother’s NHS pin. When members join the society officially, Lynne noted each member is given a pin to signify their membership. Cassidy’s great-grandmother and Lynne’s mother, Elveda (Deloria) Hansen, was inducted into the society at Escanaba High School in 1932. Hansen is 102 years old.

According to the National Honor Society website, “The National Honor Society (NHS) is the nation’s premier organization established to recognize outstanding high school students. More than just an honor roll, NHS serves to recognize those students who have demonstrated excellence in the areas of scholarship, service, leadership, and character.”

For 86 years, Hansen has held on to her NHS pin — saving it for the first family member to be inducted into the society, explained Lynne. Hansen waited three generations to proudly present the pin to a member of her family that was chosen to join the prestigious organization.

“We’re just so proud of her (Cassidy),” said Magnuson, adding Cassidy’s deceased grandfather, Ronald “Chum” Magnuson, would be especially proud of her and all of her accomplishments.

Much like her great-grandmother, Cassidy is also highly involved in the local community, Lynne noted. The busy high-schooler is active in Key Club, the Escanaba High School musical, orchestra, dance, being a “big” for the Big Brothers Big Sisters of the Bay Area, a member of First Presbyterian Church in Escanaba, playing soccer and more.

Cassidy said getting into NHS has always been a goal of hers, as her Grandma Lynne has talked about her joining the club for years.

“It was really interesting because its always been a goal for me,” said Cassidy.

To get into the honor society, Cassidy explained a letter went out to all of the students who held a 3.5 GPA or higher and then a meeting was held to fill out applications. Requirements to apply included listing volunteer activities, any jobs held, and leadership roles the students hold.

Following the application process and being selected, an induction ceremony was held for the members who were chosen to join the society, which included getting a pin, noted Cassidy.

Lynne said her mother has been an Escanaba resident her entire life and was a part of the NHS at Escanaba High School when she was in the 11th grade.

According to a Daily Press article written for Hansen’s 100th birthday in 2015, Hansen graduated sixth in her class at Escanaba High School in 1933.

A majority of her work career was spent as a bookkeeper at Nichol Fish Company, stated the article.

Hansen was also employed at The Peterson Flower Shop, Northern Motors and Ludington Motors where she spent more than 45 years. She retired in 1988 at the age of 73, noted Lynne.

Hansen was also a member of First Presbyterian Church, where she has served as treasurer of the Women’s Association for 16 years.

On July 20, 1936, Elveda Deloria married Eugene Hansen and together they had three daughters. Eugene passed away in 1967.

In the article, Hansen is listed as having eight grandchildren, 17 great-grandchildren, and 23 great-great grandchildren.