National Honor Society sets bar high for new members

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The Fairmont chapter of the National Honor Society inducts new members in a ceremony last spring. It's now time for juniors to apply to join the prestigious organization.

From helping the community make important strides to excelling in the classroom, the National Honor Society hopes to provide a positive influence at Fairmont High School.

National Honor Society is an academic organization that allows student leaders to get involved in their school and community. Each year, NHS attempts to choose the best student role models from the junior class. Those students then spend their senior year volunteering and tutoring in hopes of being recognized at graduation for their hard work and determination.

Dustin Jordan, a Fairmont Chemistry teacher and NHS co-adviser, says NHS is an important tradition at Fairmont. “It’s an organization that’s been around for well over a hundred years,” he said.

However, many Fairmont students don’t know that a student must meet rigorous requirements to be invited to join NHS.

Students are required to have at least a 3.5 GPA and 30 hours of service prior to applying. Then they need to complete a multipart application, listing examples of their involvement in scholarship, leadership, service and community. This is submitted to a board of teachers that selects students.

The application process normally begins soon after the end of first quarter, after the NHS advisers have obtained a list of juniors’ GPAs.

This year, every junior who had a GPA of 3.35 or higher was invited to attend a meeting over the goals of NHS on Nov. 5. Interested juniors must submit their applications within one week of the meeting. The selection of new members will be announced in early February.

Students who are accepted into NHS will have to continue volunteering. Members need to attend numerous meetings and complete at least 15 service and 10 tutoring hours to be recognized at graduation, and they need 15 tutoring and 25 service hours to be recognized as a member with distinction.

National Honor Society President Lily Condron, a senior, said she feels NHS is a beneficial program for Fairmont students who are admitted.

“NHS is program that allows students to help their community and peers in a positive way,” Condron said. “We tutor students having trouble in the classroom. It feels great to help out other students.”

NHS Co-Adviser Jennifer Yuker, a Fairmont German teacher,  agrees with Condron’s statements.

“NHS gives students more opportunities to further themselves in a positive way,” Yuker said. “It’s a sense of real accomplishment for the students here at Fairmont.”

Yuker also realizes the high standards to which the Fairmont chapter of NHS holds its members. “I do think we have high standards to be in NHS here, but in the end it’s better for the students,” she said.

Whether it’s tutoring people at Fairmont or leading events within the community, Condron feels National Honor Society finds a way to make Fairmont, and Kettering as a whole, a better place.

“I feel a sense of pride being in NHS,” said Condron. “It’s rewarding helping other people and the community.”