Founded in 1921, the National Honor Society is a both a reward and an opportunity for students who excel in the NHS Pillars of scholarship, service, leadership, and character. NHS is an experiment in providing a meaningful outlet to the collective talent and creativity of some of the brightest, most motivated students at JFKS.
The JFKS NHS Chapter Bylaws detail the selection process. Students with a 3.5 grade point average or higher are invited to apply. Prospective members submit an application. Then the JFKS high school faculty rates applicants on criteria of leadership, character, and service. Following this, a five-member JFKS NHS Faculty Council deliberates the qualifications of each candidate and chooses NHS members by majority vote. The NHS Adviser administers the Faculty Council but is not a voting member. Applicants are notified of the decision of the Faculty Council. Selected members are then inducted into the National Honor Society.
Under the advisement of Mr. Daniel Lazar and Mr. Benjamin Rubloff NHS members dutifully and tirelessly commit themselves to 40 hours of public service per year. At least half of these hours are spent in group endeavors in which members can serve and learn together. These group projects include:
- The Mentoring Program for JFKS elementary students.
- The Kaibigan is a Friend project in which members send mementos to, exchange letters with, and raise funds for fifth-graders in Bohol, Philippines who were profoundly affected by Typhoon Haiyan.
- The Peace Direct Action Team in which members work alongside the Board of Directors of Peace Direct e.V. to raise awareness of and funds for local peacebuilding efforts in conflict zones around the world.
NHS members also engage in a wide range of individual service initiatives such as harvesting produce with Berliner Tafel e.V., distributing food with Laib und Seele, tutoring students of all ages, and much more.
Please contact National Honor Society Adviser Daniel Lazar if NHS can serve you.
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