Applying to NHS

Lydia Ludwig

During February, juniors begin the National Honors Society application process. National Honors Society is a select group of seniors who benefit the Northview community in multiple ways.

These students put on danceGOLD, an event that is well loved by so many students. danceGOLD helps to raise money for the Victory Center, an organization provides hope, support, and comfort to patients and families battling cancer.

NHS students also help tutoring students one on one that may be struggling in a certain subject.

Service hours are very important and highly encouraged as an NHS student. When seniors begin applying to colleges, National Honors Society can make students stand out and put their best forward.

Juniors must carry at least a 3.6 cumulative grade point average to be in NHS. Students who have met this criterion then are invited to an informative meeting, explaining the application process of NHS, meeting the officers, and hearing their different leadership roles.

The process of applying to NHS begins by completing a set of candidate forms. These forms all help to describe the student. The first page includes signatures from a parent and applicant. On the second-page, students have to complete a list of sports, clubs, activities, and co-curricular activities they have been involved in at any point in the past three years at NV, including specific years they have participated, the name and initials of the advisor, and any additional information that may make the student stand out in that area.

Another page that is required includes the service hours the student has completed with a brief description of what they have done, the date the volunteer hours were completed, the advisor’s name and their clarification that the student has completed the hours.

To apply, applicants must write an essay regarding leadership; what leadership means to them, qualities of a leader, and how they show leadership. The final form includes personal information. Once all these forms are completed, the student takes them to NHS Adviser Darla Omey and a group of teachers on the NHS Council reads over them and decides if the student is qualified to be in NHS. Students who have been accepted will then get a letter sent to them informing them of the good news.

“Applying to NHS is a long process and I’ve had to think back on a lot of volunteer hours I have completed and activities I have participated in. However NHS is something that I have always wanted to do, so the hard work will hopefully be worth it,” junior Simon Masters said.