Over two hundred students are ready to be a part of something greater with NHS


NHS Officers pose on stage before inducting new members.

The PAC was filled with friends and family of the 221 new National Honor Society members as the new they entered the room, ready to be formally inducted into the organization.

“I feel like the induction was a success,” NHS sponsor Mrs. Wilson said. “When we can get 221 new members organized, seated, and inducted in an hour and a half, that’s pretty impressive.  This was one of the largest classes to be inducted, so we knew we’d have to practice a bit. Induction is the big event for me and Mrs. Taylor and the fact that we got through it with very few issues is a big deal for us.”

National Honor Society is a national academic organization dedicated to recognizing and encouraging outstanding high school students in grades 10-12. To become a member of NHS, a student must have a cumulative GPA of 3.75 weighted or unweighted.

“The goal with NHS is that we want students to realize that they are “looked up to” by teachers and other students because of their academic achievements,” NHS sponsor and math teacher Mrs. Taylor said. “This means that members are campus leaders and must show good character and be leaders and positive role models. We want students to develop an attitude of service and a willingness to serve outside of his/her comfort zone.”

During the ceremony, candles were lit to highlight the four main values of National Honor Society which areacademic achievement, leadership, service, and character. As each candle was lit, one of the eight current NHS officers read the definition of the value.

“I think the NHS ceremony went incredibly well,” senior and NHS co-president Hailee Tilton said. “We didn’t have any major flukes and we have the best people leading it. Mrs. Taylor and Mrs. Wilson work so hard to make sure everything goes smoothly. We also had an amazing guest speaker, Mrs. Gradel, who killed it with her speech.”

All new inductees of National Honor Society also recited the NHS pledge before being formally inducted into the chapter.

“I thought my NHS Induction was very interesting,” sophomore Autumn Sterling said. “I especially liked the speech that Donna Gradel gave.”

It is estimated that there are more than one million students who participate in NHS activities today. The organization was founded in 1921 by the National Association of Secondary School Principals, and chapters are found in all 50 states.

“My favorite thing about NHS is seeing so many people be a part of such an outstanding organization,” Tilton said. “It is an organization of pure service which makes it so amazing to see so many people eligible to be in it and follow through with the commitments they make to be a part of it. I love the way that it makes me feel to be part of something that truly matters and will have long-term effects on my character as a person.”