By: Elizabeth Smith/Sophomore Writer
If you are eligible for National Honor Society (NHS), you will receive letters beginning January 24th. For you to be eligible, you must have an overall GPA of at least ninety percent, and at least eight hours of community service during the current school year. If you did not receive a letter, you can apply yourself and applications are due February 3rd, and you will be notified of a decision on February 11th. Student grades are run at the end of the second marking period. A behavior check is also run. The grade records are observed by Mrs. Williams and Mrs. Finn in guidance, and behavior is checked by the office.
Ms. Sarah Yeust, Blue Ridge math teacher and adviser for the National Honor Society, says NHS is not just about grades. “The National Honor Society focuses on leadership, scholarship, character, and service, requiring its students to take active roles in the school and the community. In addition to maintaining good grades, students also need to service both as a group and individuals,” says Yeust.
Every year, about sixty students are eligible for membership, but only twenty to thirty students actually apply. Everyone’s grades will be evaluated individually and then an amount between fifteen-twenty new people join every year. Ms. Yeust also added that “membership in the National Honor Society is a very honorable high school achievement. I encourage all eligible students to apply, and if you are not eligible this year, make it your goal for next year!”
Katie Brown, member of the NHS committee of teachers claims, “the club is more about academics. National Honor Society isn’t an organization about grades, it motivates students to be leaders in all aspects – academics, school involvement, and community service.”
Make sure you have your applications filled out and turned in by February 3rd! For more information/any questions, please see Mrs. Yeust in room 192.