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National Honor Society

posted Mar 9, 2016, 7:22 AM by School Publications   [ updated Mar 10, 2016, 11:23 AM ]


 National Honor Society, also known as NHS, is a nation wide organization established to recognize outstanding high school students. NHS serves to acknowledge those who have demonstrated excellence in the areas of scholarship, leadership, service, and character. NHS not only recognizes these scholars for their accomplishments but challenges them to develop further through active involvement in school activities and community service. NHS prepares those for leadership and lifelong success. 

    As of today, it is estimated that more than one million students participate in NHS activities. NHS is found in all fifty states, in the District of Columbia and Puerto Rico, in many U.S. territories, and Canada. They can also be found in international and American schools throughout the globe. NHS elects officers, who under the supervision of an adviser, coordinate and manage the program as a student led organization.

    As an NHS student, one requirement needed is community service hours. At Brownstown Jr./Sr. High School, NHS members are required to pay dues every year and host a fundraiser for the school that requires members to go out and sell. In addition they must earn four community service hours a semester, work at the blood drives sponsored by the National Honor Society, and work at the SCC Carnival that the elementary school hosts each year. Students are also required to take part in a group community service activity in the Spring, host a group fundraising activity in April, participate in a Food Drive and the Pennies for Patients campaign, and lastly have a GPA of a 3.2 or higher. If the student fails to meet these requirements they are put on what the organization calls "probation". They have thirty days to make up these requirements before they are released of their duty as a member.

    Those with a GPA of a 3.2 or higher will receive a letter in the mail with an application to fill out and return back to the school by a certain date. All teachers have the opportunity to vote but only five teachers who are apart of the faculty council are responsible for confirming the scores. This year we have three new inductees: senior Zeke Philpot, junior Kayla Haslett and sophomore Sierra Stephens. Congratulations on this huge accomplishment in your educational career!

By Sydney Rosborough