THS National Honor Society students are recognized as academic scholars and partake in various actions around their community all year round.
When Scholars Academy Honors English teacher Rebecca Ramsey and mathematics teacher Amanda Nelson weren’t actively teaching, they were planning and supervising numerous service opportunities for members of National Honor Society to participate in.
National Honor Society is an academic club for which students can qualify where they perform community service work and serve as role models for their peers. NHS strives to recognize those students who have demonstrated excellence in the areas of scholarship, service, leadership, and character.
To qualify for NHS induction each winter, a student has to have at least a cumulative average of an 85 in the first half of the year, good attendance, teacher recommendation, no disciplinary issues, and approval from a council of officers. To stay in NHS after induction, students must attend monthly meetings, maintain at least an 85 cumulative average, and do at least four community service projects.
Jamiya Coleman attests that the qualities of someone in NHS have to be positive.
“It’s a great platform to be placed on and it’s a huge responsibility to take on. To be in NHS you just have to have a genuine attitude. It’s not for everyone,” said Coleman.
NHS not only recognizes students for their academic accomplishments, but challenges them to develop further through active involvement in school activities and community service.
“Being a member of NHS, we’re required to do exceptionally well in school and in our society. You can’t have one without the other,” said Heaven Robinson.
NHS offers a multitude of opportunities for recognition for academic achievement and financial reward.
“Being in NHS offers a lot of scholarship money and opportunities for a student. It looks good on college and job applications as well,” said Amber Sarabia.
“It’s a good feeling knowing that I was one of the people chosen to lead my peers. It broadcasts my accomplishments and hard work as a student,” said Veruanikka Newsome.
NHS also provides members with soft skills that will not only help them now, but also later on in life.
“As a part of NHS I have to interact with others and be especially kind to people because not only am I representing my school and my parents, I’m also representing my own character,” said Newsome.
“I’m glad that I am involved in NHS because not only do I get a good feeling about giving back, I know that practicing such manners and respect are going to prepare me in every aspect of my future,” said Robinson.
Often, students find that NHS introduces them to new things.
“Being in NHS is a great thing to be involved in because I get to actually help people and do things that I wouldn't normally do,” said Sarabia.
NHS participants are found in all 50 states, the District of Columbia, Puerto Rico, many U.S. territories, and Canada. There’s a very broad range of members.
“I don’t see NHS as being in a competition with other members around the globe because we’re all involved in the same club. We’re united,” said Coleman.