National Honor Society is an academic organization that holds its members to high standards in the areas of character, scholarship, leadership and service. NHS members must complete 20 service hours, while NJHS members must complete 3 service opportunities to fulfill the area of service. These hours can be earned through activities such as helping out the school or volunteering at community events.
Chemistry teacher Melissa Higgins is the new advisor for NHS and NJHS. The induction, which will be held in the PHS auditorium on September 16, is an formal, annual ceremony to introduce new members. Students are eligible to apply for NHS if they have a 3.3 GPA or higher. If a student does decide to apply, they will then undergo further consideration by the faculty council.
“Faculty gives input on the character, leadership, service and scholarship of each applicant. All applications are then put in front of a faculty council, who votes which students have met the requirements,” said Higgins.
Higgins is making a change to the one of the policies. Previously in NHS, members had to complete 20 service hours, all of which could be from serving the same organization. This year, Higgins plans to encourage members to work with a variety of organizations.
“NHS is very beneficial and important for high schoolers,” said Higgins. “Being in this organization looks good on college applications, gives kids the chance to give back and gives recognition for working hard academically through service.”
Story by Faith Wilder