Wednesday, February 26, 2014

The National Honor Society

Students can join several leadership groups at MPH: Student Council, National Honor Society, Student Faculty Judicial Committee, Mentors in Violence Prevention, Community Wide Dialogue, and GSA are some of the most popular and well established.

The National Honor Society (NHS) is a national organization divided in "chapters" in every school. Each chapter establishes its own set of rules called a "charter".

The NHS is based on four pillars, used as criteria in its selection process: Character, Scholarship, Leadership and Service. Its main purpose is to recognize an promote extraordinary achievements in those four areas, and particularly to encourage students to take an active role in their school and their community.

NHS members elect their own officers: a President, two Vice-Presidents and a Secretary.

This year the NHS organized the Philippines Project to benefit the Red Cross.

The proceeds to the Semi Formal dance, organized by the NHS, typically benefits a local or global organization.

The West Area Athletic Club in Syracuse was the recipient of the NHS support two years in a row.

NHS members often take part in school functions like the New Students Orientation or MPH Open House.

NHS members take initiatives, like the Bike Drive, which benefited refugees recently resettled in Syracuse through Catholic Charities.

At graduation, NHS members wear a distinguishable tassel and pin, and their President makes a speech at Baccalaureate, along with the President of Student Council.

If you want to join the NHS, you need to prepare as early a your sophomore year. You can join as a junior or as a senior, and will be formally inducted in the Spring during an induction ceremony. For any questions regarding membership, please read the charter or contact the NHS Advisor, Mr. Montas.