At the beginning of October of every school year, National Honor Society (NHS) meets to hold an induction ceremony. NHS is a group in many different areas for high schoolers that work to promote community service and leadership around their area. Students organize fundraisers, accept donations, and provide volunteer work for the community. Students are invited to submit an application and members are chosen by a panel of teachers. Many are drawn to join NHS because of friends who are involved or hearing about it in previous years. Students who have become involved with the organization have said the group means a lot to them and allows them to have many opportunities.
President JR Brandhoefer likes how he knows he is making a difference.
“It is a group that I know what I’m doing can help out the school and actually matter,” Brandhoefer said.
Secretary Arden Hutson thinks NHS is an environment that helps other people out and thrive.
“NHS to me is a really great opportunity for me to get more involved in the community and represent LHS. It is just a fun environment to think of ways to help our friends and neighbors thrive where they live,” Hutson said.
Junior Natalie Dafoe believes NHS is a perfect way to represent our school.
“NHS means being honored to represent LHS in a mature and model manner,” Dafoe said.
To junior Evan Wolfgang this group allows him to acknowledge his work and dedication along with others.
“To me NHS is an honor. It is validation that my hard work, dedication, and service amounts to something,” Wolfgang said.
To become part of NHS students must go through an application process and be chosen for the induction ceremony. An induction ceremony is an event when new members are recruited to the club and celebrated for academics. For our school, the president, JR Brandhoefer, gives a speech and the four core beliefs of NHS are explained. New members are called to sign a book, receive a pin, and receive a certificate. Afterwards members take a pledge for the group and Mr. O’Rourke gives a statement. The swearing in of new members is a very important and recognized tradition to NHS. Members who have been recruited feel the reasons they got involved in the first place were because of opportunities, community help, and representing the school.
Junior Bethany Wilson went through the induction process and joined not because she was invited but because of the service activities.
“I got involved with NHS not just because I got invited, but also because it’s a great way to participate in service activities,” Wilson said.
Junior Jessica Lehmkuhler got involved to help in the community but originally was in the club in middle school.
“I got involved with NHS because I was (in) NJHS in middle school and it really opened my mind on how much can be done for our community. I want to use my time for good and to help others,” Lehmkuhler said.
Dafoe uses NHS as way to be more connected to our school and become a role model for other students.
“I got involved with NHS because I think it is a great opportunity to become closely connected with our school. I wanted to become a role model for others as needed, and I feel as though this organization does exactly that,” Dafoe said.