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.
“I am getting much more comfortable with the program,” Barber said. “The students are a lot of help, and they do a lot for the program.” Members of NHS have many ideas for the remainder of this school year. The students are excited to begin planning service projects and other school activities for the upcoming months, and hope to incorporate more projects than the program has in previous years. The 2014 NHS president, Kadi Scafuro, announced that the group would be getting involved with many more activities, and that they would like the input of the community as well.
“We’re going to unify the program through service,” Scafuro said. “NHS should be a big part of the members’ lives and our actions should have a big impact on the community. To make this happen, it is up to us.” The National Honor Society at Jefferson High School is growing steadily, and the members’ involvement in the community is expected to have great impacts. The top students of JHS plan to keep working hard to be leaders in the classroom and helpful volunteers in making their community a better place.
NHS members 2013-2014 NHS include Sarah Brook, Steven Houser, Justin Butler, Tayler Johnston, David Chase, Colleen O’Connor, Katherine DeVivo, Kadi Scafuro, Bernadette Geraghty and Allison Simon. Newly inducted members include Kourtney Clark, Matthew Barber, Kayla Dean, Alesia Lambert, Sydney Emerson, Bailey Beckwith, Mikayla Fioritto, Alexa Lambert, Alexis O’Neil, Sam Caskey, Raquel Fularz, Benjamin Pickard, Caitlyn Stimson, Deanna Comp, Casey Hall and Mark Reinke.