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National Honor Society

Junaid Naveed, Chief Business Officer

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NHSIn 1916, a group of school leaders established the National Association of Secondary School Principals, commonly known by its acronym: NASSP, or website address: principals.org, an organization focused on assisting in strengthening and easing their roles as the head of the education system, by providing professional resources and recommendations for laws and policies that affect their position or school. Their main goal is now to “provide a national voice” and improve teaching.

Five years later, they created the National Honor Society, frequently called by its acronym: NHS, which “recognizes outstanding high school students.” Members are hand-selected by school and chapter  administrators on the basis of high morals and dedication for being actively involved in improving their school and community. The amount and magnitude of previous service and leadership is also taken into consideration, and is most of the information asked on the application. They must also exemplify the four pillars of NHS: character, leadership, scholarship, service.

DSC_0047 DSC_0040 DSC_0026It is called “

the most prestigious organization a student can join”

— Mrs. Taylor

” by both their About Us webpage and Mrs. Taylor, DaVinci Academy’s club adviser. According to President Mason Norvell, this is due to the high standards required to attain and maintain membership. However, those requirements are at the sole discretion of the chapter administrators and are usually limited in terms of consequence. A non-member student, whose name will not be revealed, strongly believes that “several other clubs look better on a resume or college application,” such as Student Government, which helps improve every student’s experience, and the Red Cross Club & Youth Services, which does service for the whole community and not just the school.

Although NHS excels and requires participation in all its pillars, the main focus has always been on service. Members are required to perform an individual project, in addition to a chapter wide one. A project differs from simply volunteering in the sense that you have a goal and purpose, in addition to a definite task to complete. Most of the service provided by our school’s chapter are not for the community, but rather for DaVinci students. They have previously tutored students in all academia after school and run book drives, but are now looking to find more projects for service building a book exchange or portable library.

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6 Responses to “National Honor Society”

  1. Isabell Vasquez-Echols on January 25th, 2016 11:06 AM

    National Honors Society’s first project is a neighborhood book exchange to give more children and teenagers acess to books and other reading materials.


    Junaid Naveed Reply:

    There are cardboard boxes around the school for students to contribute, and I have seen some nice progress. Keep on donating, and a job well done to NHS!


  2. Elizabeth on February 17th, 2016 8:44 AM

    This is a great article, I know a little about what NHS is but this article tells you in a lot more detail who they are and what they do. This article is a great way to find out more about what NHS does here at DaVinci.


  3. Rebecca Dennis on February 22nd, 2016 4:54 PM

    It was a good, well organized article, however I don’t really see why a whole paragraph needed to be dedicated to an organization that isn’t the focus of this article. Also, the idea of NHS not looking good on resumes was just left off, there was no answer to it and made the article feel incomplete.


  4. Kary on February 23rd, 2016 6:56 PM

    I’m glad that you wrote this article. I didn’t know much about NHS and this helps answer some of my questions about it. I think I might try to join next year now that I know more about it and what they do. Good article, thank you.


  5. Leslie Davis on March 20th, 2016 10:00 PM

    This article is very imformative and helpful. I always hear a lot about NHS and I’ve considered joining but I never knew enough to convince me to do it. I like that it has different opinions in it because scholarships are such an important thing to look into that it’s helpful to know what will and won’t help. I also really like hearing the history behind it, and it sounds like it really makes a difference in the community!


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