Being part of the National Honor Society has been both a rewarding experience and an opportunity to act as role models for other students. Members demonstrate true dedication to their community and active involvement in school-wide events. As NHS members, we are very lucky to be able to give back to the community that has given so much to us. The philosophy of the National Honor Society is “to create enthusiasm for scholarship, to stimulate a desire to render service, to promote leadership, to encourage citizenship, and to develop character in the students of secondary school.” With these values in mind, members of the National Honor Society are not only students, athletes, artists, and musicians but also role models to other students.
Upon being inducted in 11th grade, I along with several other members of the National Honor Society participated in projects that would set an example throughout the ACS community. First and foremost, the committee established a Recycling Project in which NHS members would clean up recyclables during Friday lunches. Moreover, we provided recycling bins across campus and distributed flyers with positive messages concerning recycling. At the Christmas Bazaar last year we raised more than 300 Euro for a non-profit organization called Hope for Congo. Throughout the year, members were actively involved in fairs, barbecues, sales, bazaars and carnivals but also took the initiative in other NHS-organized events. In June, we said farewell to our senior members and prepared for another year of making our community a better place.
In my senior year, I was elected President of the National Honor Society. The Executive Council collaborated and organized projects beyond High School realms. By the first semester, we had initiated the Peer Mentor-ship project, which would allow NHS members to mentor and council Middle School Students. In light of this project, The Youth Effectiveness Program run by the Middle School Counselors, offered training and a diploma while also preparing students to act as peer mentors. The Council also invited the NHS to participate in the After School Learning Enhancement Program, which would allow members to help other student's with homework difficulties. At the Christmas Bazaar this year, the National Honor Society raised more than 400 Euro selling ornaments for A21- a non-profit organization against human trafficking and other forms of injustice in the 21st century. In February, NHS members will organize activities in our school's Wellness Week and aim to raise more awareness for Human Trafficking. By the end of the year, the Executive Council will initiate Art-related projects for students to share their artwork with the community and also donate money to the High School. In the past two years that I have witnessed, the National Honor Society has demonstrated true dedication to the school community and has excelled in all areas of Scholarship, Leadership, Service and Character. Our global citizenship has allowed us not only to make ACS Athens a better place, but also the world we live in.