JEFFERSON — The National Honor Society, founded in 1921, was created to recognize extraordinary high school students across the nation. Encompassing more qualities than just excellence in academics, NHS members are expected to demonstrate characteristics of scholarship, leadership, service and character. NHS recognizes students not only for their significant accomplishments, but also challenges them to further develop their leadership qualities through involvement in school activities and service to their community.
Keeping in mind the prestige and goals of this organization, Jefferson Area High School was honored to welcome 16 of their extraordinary students into the NHS during the induction ceremonies held on Nov. 14. Now the Jefferson National Honor Society program has a total of 26 members. Staff and administration shared many comments about these intellectual students, as well as their thoughts on the NHS program itself.
Jeremy Huber, Jefferson High School principal, believes that NHS members have a high focus on service along with academics. “There are many students that excel in academics,” Huber said. “National Honor Society members are set apart by the fact that they also take pride in participating in a variety of service projects and school activities.”
NHS members are leaders in the school and in the community. Scott Barber, the physical education teacher, baseball coach and new NHS adviser at Jefferson, agreed with Huber.
“The NHS is not just about academics. Acceptance is not ultimately based on students’ grade point averages,” Barber said. “Students have to be leaders, active volunteers in the community, and have to be perceived well by their teachers and peers. We are very thankful to have so many students that fit under this category at our school.”
Barber explained that there are many students at Jefferson that are very qualified for the NHS, thus making the acceptance decision very difficult for the teachers.
With so many new and motivating forces joining Jefferson High School’s National Honor Society, this year is definitely a year of growth. Barber voiced his excitement about getting to work with the top students of Jefferson High School.