We are proud to induct 37 students into our newly minted chapter of the National Honor Society (NHS) and National Junior Honor Society (NJHS), with 10 NHS members and 27 NJHS members. Students must maintain at least a 3.5 GPA or 90% cumulative average and be in grades 10–12 for NHS and grades 6–9 for NJHS to apply for membership.
Selected by a faculty council, inductees have shown outstanding achievement in the qualities that NHS and NJHS honor societies respect and strive to maintain: scholarship, service, leadership, and character.
“These students exhibit an enthusiasm for academic achievement, demonstrate a desire to serve the school and the wider community, promote the principles of leadership, and exemplify a commitment to the continued exploration and development of character,” says NHS and NJHS Chapter Advisor and Science Subject Expert Teacher Ms. Bulldis at the induction ceremony.
At the ceremony, Ms. Bulldis displayed five colored candles and explained that each represented a specific quality the societies value. White represents the eternal light of knowledge and is surrounded by the four other colors: blue representing scholarship, purple representing service, red representing leadership, and yellow representing character.
As part of the society, students will do community service individually and as a group.
“NHS and NJHS are opportunities for students to give back to not only their BASIS Independent McLean community, but the community as a greater whole. All of our teachers, parents, and community events have supported them, so now they have the opportunity to support and return that to their community,” says Ms. Bulldis.
The Honorable Wallace “Wally” Covington, a judge for the 31st General District Court in Prince William County, VA, served as guest speaker and spoke about honor, integrity, and service. He encouraged students to continue to value service after high school.
According to its website, the National Honor Society (NHS) is the nation's premier organization established to recognize outstanding high school students. More than just an honor roll, NHS serves to recognize those students who have demonstrated excellence in the areas of scholarship, service, leadership, and character. Chapter membership not only recognizes students for their accomplishments, but challenges them to develop further through active involvement in school activities and community service.
Congrats to all the new members!