NHS and NJHS
April 08, 2013
My boys were recently inducted into NJHS, National Junior Honor Society. I was a little curious about this organization’s background, so I thought I would do a little research.
NJHS was started in 1929 with middle school students in mind. The high school version, NHS, was started in 1921. Both organizations put emphasis on scholarship, leadership, service, and character. NJHS also includes citizenship.
There are more than one million members participating in NHS/NJHS. Many famous people were members when they were in school, people like Cal Ripken Jr., Pat Sajak, Katie Couric, Sheryl Crow, Jim Henson, and Jim Davis.
While I sat and watched the 70+ students accept their certificates and learn of their responsibilities, I was amazed. Each of these students needs to keep their grades up—they are only allowed one "B" a semester, the other grades must be an “A”. They must complete 10 hours of community service each semester. They must be role models for other students in the school—good behavior at all times. This is a tall order considering these kids are just 13 - 14 years old.
I am proud of my boys, who, as I am typing this blog, are out working the Easter egg hunt as part of their community service hours. After the hunt is over, they are heading to Parkville to help a fellow scout with his Eagle project—also more service hours. Probably this is not how most teens would want to spend the last weekend of spring break, but they know what is expected of them.
To all teens who have achieved this great honor—great job, keep up the good work, and be very proud of yourselves.
Camden Point Branch