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By Michelle Wagner

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National Honor Society (NHS), founded in 1921 in Pittsburgh, Pa. by the National Association of Secondary School Principals, is an organization for high school students based on four pillars: scholarship, leadership, service and character.

Mrs. Biller, NHS adviser at Jefferson, is in her third year in the position. She said being in NHS has a lot of pros, and no cons.

The pros include:

  • Wearing a stole at graduation
  • Called first for graduation
  • Giving back to the school and the community
  • Scholarship opportunities
  • Prestige for college applications
  • Being recognized as the “best of the best” in school

Cayla Reeder, a junior and recent NHS inductee, said she believes that she was chosen for NHS because she kept her grades up her freshman and sophomore year.

When asked what it was like to be asked to join an organization known around the world, Reeder said it did feel important.

“It feels amazing to have been even just invited to join National Honor Society,” she said. “It feels great knowing my grades were enough.”

Andrew Johnson, a senior who has been in NHS for 2 years, said belonging to the organization offers students plenty of benefits.

“Being a part of the National Honor Society is a huge honor,” he said. “It is a group that runs coast to coast and knows no bounds. It is a unity of the people that excel in public service and academics and it is truly an honor to be a member and be a part of such a unifying body. Whether someone grows up, poor or rich, they all have the chance to be academically successful and useful public servants and with that, NHS allows them to find unity and solidarity towards helping their fellow man.”

 

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