Thursday, September 04, 2008

National Honor Society 2008-2008

A National Honor Society is a organization dedicated to recognizing students with a 3.5 or higher GPA. Mr. Van Orden is in charge of the NHS at Judge, and has been for a couple years. "The National Honor Society is available only to sophomores, juniors and seniors at Judge," Mr. Van Orden says. "It's especially good to have on a college application, since the NHS is recognized almost anywhere."

The National Honor Society was started in the early 1920's, by a Dr. Edward Rynearson. The National Honor Society quickly evolved into one of the nation's leading educational groups. In 1929, the National Junior Honor Society started, which is the same thing only for students in grades 7 through 9. Both the National Honor Society and the National Junior Honor Society are sponsored and also supervisered by the NASSP. The NASSP also appoints a National Council, which is the body of the NHS. The NASSP is also the organization that picks the people for the exclusive NHS Scholarship.

The National Honor Society focuses on four main things: scholarship, service, leadership, and character. The student officers in the NHS are usually seniors, but they can be students in other grades as well. The student officers meet once a week, and the rest of the NHS meets one day a month in a certain classroom specified by Mr. Van Orden. There is one president, usually seniors, and there can be 1 to 3 vice presidents. There will be an announcement later on this week talking about how you can get a form and fill it out, and Mr. Van Orden and the rest of the NHS will consider inviting you to join them. Remember: you have to be invited to the NHS, it's not something you can just join. The National Honor Society does a variety of things, they offer tutoring, and they will occasionally do neighborhood cleanups.

So, the NHS is a pretty cool group to be apart of, so watch your grades so you can join! Talk to Mr. Van Orden in room 206 for more information.

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