Qualifying Thomasville High School and Scholars Academy students and their families attended the National Honor Society induction and pinning ceremony on Sunday, February 12 at MacIntyre Park Auditorium.
Newly qualifying students enjoyed a fine afternoon that was planned by NHS sponsors, Rebecca Ramsey and Amanda Wood. Seniors that are NHS members attended the event to participate in the pinning ceremony reserved as a particular privilege for seniors. Junior NHS members actively participate in the organization and execution of the reception held at the conclusion of the ceremony in the Multipurpose Room by serving refreshments, desserts, and fruits and vegetables for the guests and students.
The National Honor Society is a nationwide organization made to recognize outstanding high school students. NHS serves to recognize those students who have demonstrated excellence in the areas of scholarship, leadership, service, and character.
To become a member of NHS, students have to have a 3.0 GPA on a 4.0 scale. Also, students need some type of service to be eligible. Some characteristics of a NHS student are leadership and character. Student leaders are those who are resourceful, good problem solvers, and idea contributors. A student with good character shows respect for others, cooperation, and honesty and reliability.
NHS has a set of articles from the bylaws to which members must adhere. The name of the chapter at Thomasville High School is the Helen M. Fortney Chapter of the National Honor Society of Secondary schools. The chapter advisor shall be responsible for the direct, day-to-day supervision of the chapter and act as a liaison between faculty, administration, students, and community. They shall maintain files on membership, activities, and financial transactions. They will be responsible for reviewing each member for compliance to Society standards. Membership in this chapter will be based upon scholarship, service, leadership, and character. Members are required to participate in at least two service projects per year.
Advisors generate a list of potential candidates. These candidates are reviewed and have standards they have to meet by the next semester. If they fail to meet these standards by the next semester, they will be notified in writing of their dismissal from the honor society. The officers of this chapter are a president, vice-president, secretary, treasurer, parliamentarian, and historian. A majority of votes is necessary to elect any officer of this chapter. Each one of these officers has duties that they have to follow. The executive committee consists of the officers and the advisor of this chapter. The executive committee has general charge of the meetings and business of the chapter. All members are responsible for contacting the advisors before missing any scheduled meetings, and they are responsible for obtaining any information missed from these meeting. Meetings can be called by the president.
The officers of NHS are as follows: President- Ryan Owens, Vice-President- John West, Secretary- Grace Fletcher, Treasurer- Virginia Jackson, Parliamentarian- Robert Gloster, and Historian- Carlyn Autry.
All meetings are mandatory for NHS members. The annual chapter duesfor each member is $20.00. This fee must be paid within 8 weeks after a member is newly inducted. Current members must pay their annual dues no later than the end of the first nine weeks grading period.
NHS also has criteria for membership:
1. The student must have a cumulative average of 85 in academic subjects only; academic courses consist of math, science, English, social studies, and foreign language
2. No F’s will be allowed in any subject for the semester average/grade.
3. Students should be enrolled in advanced, honors, and/or college-level courses.
4. Incompletes must be cleared before evaluation for membership can be completed.
5. Students must maintain a 90% attendance rate in all scheduled classes.
6. Participation in fundraising and service activities is required
7. Any type of academic dishonesty cannot be overlooked. Any case of academic dishonesty will be presented to the Faculty Council for review to determine whether dismissal from the society or placement on a probationary period is appropriate.
8. Any type of inappropriate behavior that does not constitute character becoming an NHS member that occurs on or off of school property or results in an arrest charge or other legal ramifications will be grounds for a review for dismissal by the Faculty Council.
Ramsey and Wood are very proud of the students being inducted this year: Caroline Anthony, Zackary Artz, Braxton Beckham, Mahala Bennett, Levereanna Brooks, Destini Butler, John Carpenter, Louis Carter, Cassidy Clark, Isabel Claudio-Mirabel, Jamiya Coleman, Jasmine Cone, Emily Dixon, Dalton Dollar, Benjamin Dozier, Frederick Drayton, Emily Dukes, Dane Dyksterhouse, LaTatyana Hadley, Brayton Hanna, Spencer Harbin, John Michael Horne, Abbie Jackson, Ionica Jackson, Tiffany Joseph, Tyla Joseph, Christina Kato, R’Mani Kemp, Javonte McGriff, Sydney McKay, Bowen Miller, Veruanikka Newsome, Hannah Ouzts, Haley Palmer, Keisha Patel, Christian Pyle, Erin Quick, Margaret Rainey, Miranda Roberson, Heaven Robinson, Kianna Ross, Jemari Sapp, Amber Sarabia, Morgan Savatgy, Olivia Sawyer, Maura Shiner, Mallory Singletary, Alston Stevenson, Je’boris Stockton, Keona Tillman, Raneshia Walden, London Weier, Mason West, Claudia-Michele White, Seth Wier, Mason Wilson, Ana Grace Wortham, Titus Wright, Eve Phelps, Sophi Sampson, Brittani Sumler, Lauren Sutphin, Tessa Novak, Mac Rosenbury, Shaquinna Wadley.
“Ms. Wood and I are both extremely pleased by the great attendance of family and friends that came to the Sunday afternoon ceremony, and we thought the reception following was well received by guests and members alike,” said Ramsey.