NHS: Are they Really Gearing Our Youth for Success?

Parents absolutely love watching their kids walking up a stage at school to be recognized for their achievements in academics. When a student excels at academics and personal responsibility, their family, friends and educators also get some credit for the said student’s growth and brilliance.

The National Honor Society is just a way of celebrating this distinction by publically recognizing the achievements of these students. Many notable people have been inducted into the NHS in High School; this is a huge list of people including personalities such as top model Cindy Crawford to actress Meryl Streep and business guru Lee Iococca. All these people have exhibited outstanding characteristics to earn a membership in the elite National honor Society. They have demonstrated excellence in scholarship, service, leadership and character.

NHS is routinely applauded for inspiring students to be their best, but it is also important because it provides students with prospects of better education and scholarships. If educational institutions remain true to the spirit of the National Honor Society, then there is nothing better than the spirit of competition instilled by NHS to make our children strive for the best that they can be.

The National Honor Society requires that students have an average of 90% or a minimum 3.0 GPA so they can maintain their membership. Then there is service. Students wishing to call themselves NHS members have to work in the community, without getting paid for it. The only thing they ought to get in return is gratitude. This gives kids the opportunity to see the world firsthand, whether they are junior fire fighters or community baby sitters, these kids know before their peers about how to get a job and keep it.

And lastly, there is character. Character is when a kid demonstrates responsibility and does something because it is the right thing to do and not be told to do it. NHS has had a hand in making many kids courteous, tolerant and cooperative by tempting them with the promise of scholarships. That isn’t a bad deal at all.
The NHS induction ceremony is important for those craving local recognition. Not only does it provide a lasting memory as a reward for all your hard work but is also a great morale booster. And it isn’t all about outwardly display of academic grandeur. NHS routinely sponsors national and regional conferences along with skills and leadership training workshops that allow its members to learn skills and grow into truly exceptional people. Their list of “Famous Members” is like an ode to the success of these endeavors. They also have the NHS scholarship program which gives more than $200,000 a year to outstanding NHS members to pursue higher studies.

Competition is healthy; it teaches children early on to do their best in order to get the most out of their lives. NHS prepares our students to be successful, well-adjusted, competent individuals who remain empathetic to another’s cause without sacrificing their own.