National Honor Society: What’s it All About?


Members Jaden Eilts and Macy Walczer help out Hannah Baker with the coat drive.

By Evan Spratt, OHS Torch Reporter

National Honor Society will be sending out invitations for OHS Juniors eligible to become a new member this week; however, many may wonder what NHS does and what members do.

National Honor Society is a service organization that focuses on four main points: character, academics, leadership, and service. NHS hosts volunteer activities that promote these characteristics, while helping out people and groups in the process. NHS offers a wide variety of projects and volunteer activities to participate in over the school year.

There are many events coming up this year for NHS. Projects include a coat drive, baking and delivering cookies to the Hopedale retirement home, hosting a princess tea party, and the Relay for Life this summer. Other opportunities include tutoring for Success Club, helping out at parent/teacher conferences, and working at the Olympia elementary school carnivals. However, volunteering hours can also be gained through any approved service a student may choose to do, such as working at an animal shelter. Members must complete at least ten service hours each semester, but many members go all out as recognition is given to students who complete 50 hours or more.

National Honor Society president Kristen Schutte said, “A lot of my hours come from projects, especially the Haunted Halls project last year. Also Mrs, Hapgood and Mrs. Steve are really good about telling people about upcoming volunteer opportunities on Signupgenius. I really enjoyed the (Haunted Halls) Halloween project, but I am really looking forward to the princess tea party coming up. It is a brand new idea we came up with this year, and I am eager to see how it will turn out.”

A perk of being an NHS member is that it is very beneficial for colleges. Many colleges are interested in students involved in volunteer organizations, and National Honor Society is a prime example of one of these service groups. The leadership skills fostered by NHS and its high academic requirements are key points that draw university eyes towards members.

To be a member of National Honor Society, there are some requirements. NHS requires students to have a 3.5 grade point average, as well as a recommendation from a teacher. Also, students must submit a short essay about themselves once they have qualified for NHS. NHS is open to only juniors and seniors.

Amanda Hapgood, coordinator of Olympia’s National Honor Society said, “Yes, I was (in NHS in high school). I think we do a lot more projects and are more active than my chapter was back then, but it does vary from school to school.”

This week, eligible Olympia sophomores will be receiving invitations to NHS next year. The induction ceremony will be held on April 22, and all new and existing members will be recognized. If you are interested in joining NHS, or have any questions about it, you can see Mrs. Amanda Hapgood or Mrs. Lisa Steve, the advisors of Olympia’s National Honor Society.