LUSK – Scholarship, leadership, service and character. These are the pillars of the National Honor Society (NHS). In order to be considered for membership students must show exemplary performance in these four areas and provide documentation with their application.
The National Honor Society was established in 1921. It is estimated that more than one million students participate in NHS activities and chapters are found in all fifty states, Canada, US Territories and even internationally. NHS awards students for their achievements and also encourages them to continue a tradition of service in their communities.
Students become eligible to apply to their local chapter of NHS after a minimum of three semesters of high school (grades 10-12), and have a minimum of a 3.0 GPA on a 4.0 scale and be able to show documentation and letters of recommendation to speak to their leadership, character and service. Each individual chapter may set more rigorous standards at their discretion.
Most local chapters require a certain number of hours of community service, specific leadership requirements and letters of reference for character.
Niobrara County High School had ten inductees into their chapter for the 2019-2020 school year. The ceremony was held on February 6 at the high school auditorium. Students and parents assembled to honor these students. Master of Ceremonies was NHS member Tyler Basile. Educator Richard Murray was the key note speaker and Principal Phil Garhart also spoke to those assembled. Members Wyatt Stauffer, Allison Williams, Lucy Ceaglske and Benjamin Eiden spoke to incoming members about the four pillars of NHS and what they stood for as they lit the candles per the NHS protocols for induction.