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NHS Process Challenges Students

Mona Kessy, Staff

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Juniors and seniors at CHS apply for the National Honor Society each fall; they have high hopes of getting in, especially after a long application process.  

Requirements include a mandatory 3.3 GPA or higher, 5-10 hours of service, one essay, and multiple teacher references that attest to student leadership and character skills. The applications are then sent to the NHS faculty council where they select qualified candidates. 

Students might think the most challenging part of this process is the essay or the teacher references, but, really, the most stressful and challenging part is the service hours needed.  

Junior Sydney Westwick is one of the many to apply for NHS, and she has found the process of getting hours quite hard.  

“I had to use things from 8th grade to get hours, and it was really hard to get it,” junior Sydney Westwick said.   

NHS advisor Jessica Voss agreed.  

“I think it’s hard or stressful if you haven’t been involved,” she explained.  

While students have struggled through the application process, applicants say it’s because of the advantages it offers for college once they are admitted to the society.  

Junior Emily Ames said that’s why she applied.  

“It looks good for college,” she remarked. Many of her peer agree. 

Westwick also applied because of the advantages of the program.  

“It will help me get into colleges and to get scholarships. It’s not fun but it helps and once you get in its easy,” Westwick said. 

Ms,Voss also explain that the level of classes can affect a student’s chance to get in.   

“When we get our list of students, it’s just based on accumulative GPA and it’s unweighted, so the quality points aren’t factored into eligibility,” she explained. 

 

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