The National Honor Society is an organization established in 1921 to recognize students who serve as excellent role models to others. These individuals demonstrate four key characteristics; including scholarship, leadership, community service and character. To meet the academic achievement guidelines for the National Honor Society, students looking to join the ranks must have a weighted GPA of at least 4.1 and take rigorous classes. Leadership can be shown inside or outside of school, such as in sports or independent organizations. Students should be involved in a wide variety of extracurriculars like clubs, or student government, and should also set a good example for others in school. Giving back and helping others also demonstrates that an inductee has good character, and possess qualities like honesty and selflessness, as well as the ability to take on challenges.
This year, the National Honor Society welcomed 26 new students from Nantucket High School. These students were: Britney Anderson, Marina Caspe, Emma Chambers, Emmet Clarke, Luly Day, Anna Decarlo, Anjali Dhar, Daniela Diaz, Victoria Dixon, Anita Dougan, Tessa Dougan, Owen Hudson, Rosha Kelly, Luke MacKay, Joel MacVicar, Niya Marrett, Elizabeth Mehringer, Yolanda Moreno, Matthew Nesselrodt, Cooper Norris, Rheanna Perrin, Phaedra Plank, Stephanie Ryder, Alecsander Vollans, Chevelle Williams and Morgan Winn. Students that were inducted last year were present as well, including Jaqueline McGrath, Jenna Genthner, Anna Steadman, Henry Dupont, Paige Albertson, Jennifer Lamb and Beck Barsanti.
Senior Jenna Genthner, having been sworn in last year, believes that the NHS has provided a “plethora of opportunities for community service.” For students trying to be inducted into National Honors Society, she recommends “not only focusing on academics but also branching out into extracurricular activities and finding unique ways to help our community.” Marina Caspe, a senior who was inducted this year, believes the National Honor Society benefits her “not only for the opportunities it opens for college, but also in the long run teaching me to become a better person.” Caspe stressed the importance of extracurriculars like joining clubs and becoming involved in the community. She also advised that students interested in the National Honor Society should look for a multitude of leadership positions.
The selection process is a long and careful one that eliminates many viable students. Last year Marina had a GPA of 4.1, but because of her lack of leadership positions, she was not inducted. Although she is not a part of the board, Nicole Gross, the National Honor Society advisor, sits in on the meetings and knows exactly what it takes. She believes that National Honor Society “benefits its members by giving them something to look to achieve” and it also proves to be a great aid to the community as well as “the model they hope to set for other students.” She also recommends pursuing any leadership positions outside of school as well as a diverse portfolio of community involvement.
By Sydney Ryder