Exceptional Students at Harrisburg
Exceptional Students at Harrisburg
Sophia Schmaltz
Wednesday, October 24, 2018

For the students who strive to be active leaders, powerful role models, and successful learners, an bright opportunity for them involves taking part in a program that gives recognition for their progress. National Honors Society, also known as NHS, is an organization that honors students who excel in four pillars: Scholarship, Leadership, Service, and Character. To take part in this program, students need to be in eleventh or twelfth grade, earn at least a 3.76 GPA, receive five character references, write two essays, and complete ten service hours throughout the year. Once a student fulfills these requirements, a board anonymously reviews the essays and references; after scoring all the students, a cut score is determined to see which students make it in and those who do not. 

If a student wants to take part in this program, he or she should begin as early as their freshman year working on leadership and service hours and making sure to keep their GPA above 3.76. Beyond this, Tiffany Knecht, an NHS senior, recommends to “… just be yourself. The faculty that reads the applications want to know what type of person you are, so just be open and tell about yourself.” Also, one of the NHS advisors, Mrs. Cardillo, suggests to “start a journal because all the service activities starting freshman year can count!” Participating in this program allows students to grow as people and gain in academic achievement. On October 22, NHS held their induction ceremony for all its new members, which was open to the public.