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NHS members expected to serve community

Thirty of the incoming seniors at Moffat County High School have demonstrated the academic superiority, leadership skills and concern for the community needed to become members of the National Honor Society.

They’ll be inducted into the NHS at 6 p.m. Tuesday at the high school in a ceremony conducted by outgoing members.

The 30 were pared down from 46 who met the academic standards — a minimum of 3.75 grade point average. Of those, 36 applied, and 30 were accepted into the program.

“More than any other organizations, it’s an honor to be in (NHS),” Vice President Emily Sperl said.

Students are inducted at the end of their junior year and begin membership as seniors.

The application process is fairly intense, Adviser Roger Spears said. Students must submit resumes listing their community service, character traits, awards earned, projects they’ve participated in outside of school and their work experience. They also must answer two essay questions.

Applications are considered by a 10- to 12-member review group, made up of the high school’s administrative team, school counselor and department directors.

Denials usually are based on behavioral issues, a lack of trustworthiness or incomplete applications.

After they are accepted, NHS members are committed to service. They participate in scheduled projects, such as the KRAI holiday drive and Christmas For Kids, and each class chooses a special community service project they’d like to do.

This year’s members made packages for soldiers serving oversees.

“The care packages were a really good project,” Spears said. “(The students) were really thinking beyond Craig for a little bit.”

Members are required to participate in 25 hours of community service beyond the group activities.

Next year, Spears plans to start a counseling/tutoring program in which NHS members spend one day a week in a freshman mentoring class. They would give up a portion of their long lunch to do so.

“I hope they’ll ease the transition from middle school and eighth grade to high school and ninth grade,” Spears said. “And this gives freshman a better opportunity to work with students nearer to their own age.”

NHS members are asked to maintain their grade point averages and high moral standards.

That’s the main difference between NHS and the Key Club, Sperl said.

“Our first priority is our academics,” she said. “We’re about scholastics as well as community service.”

The NHS induction ceremony will be followed by the high school’s academic award ceremony.

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