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The National Honor Society at BHS

posted Oct 4, 2016, 10:19 AM by School Publications   [ updated Oct 11, 2016, 10:27 AM ]
National Honor Society is a highly respected organization at Brownstown Community High School. Students must volunteer at least four hours each year and maintain a GPA of 3.2 over three academic semesters or higher.  After a student applies, the faculty must evaluate each student on the merits of their application, which include leadership, scholarship, character, and service to their community.  With such rigorous standards, much is expected of this elite group at BHS.

The leader of NHS is Mrs. Seabaugh who has been advising NHS for twelve years now. Her favorite part about this organization is receiving a thank you note or letter from the community letting the students know how much they are appreciated. The letters sometimes read that the money raised from the fundraiser has helped them with paying for hospital bills or other bills that are important.  Mrs. Seabaugh stated “Such a small effort on our behalf can make such a big difference for someone else.”  Over the last eleven years, NHS has raised thousands of dollars and donated that money back to the community.  

NHS holds many different functions and fundraisers to  raise money for certain organizations throughout the year. They hold three blood drives, one of which is hosted by a student through the Red Cross’ student leadership series.  In November they will sell Bomber cards, which give discounts at many local restaurants.  NHS will also host a trivia night in April and all the money made from that night will go to a community member with medical need.  Pennies for Patients is yet another large fundraiser where students bring in loose change. All the money collected throughout the week will go toward Leukemia and Lymphoma research.  Santa’s Secret Workshop  is an exciting event in which NHS members guide elementary students through the workshop to buy gifts for family members. These are just a few of the events run by NHS.

National Honor Society holds their initiation ceremony in the Brownstown High School gymnasium each spring.  The ceremony includes the traditional lighting of candles, the explanation of the four pillars,and the presentation of new members.  The four pillars of National Honor Society are scholarship (academic success), character (how you treat others), leadership (in the classroom and with the community), and service to your community.  The students that enter the group must follow the pillars at all times.  This is not just another after-school group. NHS students are always representing their school. Good luck on another great year!

By Samantha Long