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Senior members in the 101st class of the North Bend Central National Honor Society are Amy Murray, Sydney Emanuel, Aleya Bourek, Elizabeth Wright, Madelyn Gaughen, Drew Hall; (standing) Grady Harms, Grant Peters, Travis Byrd, Jordan Ondracek, Noah Post and Karlene Bourek. The Class of 1922 members were Elmer Hartmann, May Auten, Walter Edmiston and Mary Franta.

NBC NHS marks centennial

by Mary Le Arneal
Published 4/20/22

The American Torch Society became the National Honor Society in 1921. Schools were encouraged to participate. North Bend High School superintendent G.W. Warwick thought this would be a good addition to the school, and $5 was paid for the charter, the 98th charter granted in the United States. Though the charter did not arrive until April 1923, NBHS instituted its chapter starting with the graduating class of 1922, making this year the centennial anniversary of NBC’s National Honor Society.

The national charter states that purpose shall be “to create enthusiasm for scholarship, to stimulate a desire to render service, to promote leadership, and to develop character in the students of secondary schools.”

Students are selected based on four criteria: scholarship, leadership, service and character. Students with an ‘A’ averaged are invited to apply. A faculty council reviews the applications and ranks the student on their leadership, service and character.

“The best of the best deserve special recognition,” Ann Halladay said. She was the NHS sponsor from 1995 to 2011. She started a special initiation for new members.

“I tried to make it a special event for the students,” Halladay said. “It’s one of the highest honors high school students can achieve.”

Suzanne Morgan has been the NHS sponsor since 2011. She said NHS does a fundraiser to benefit a local organization and takes donations for a warm clothing drive every fall. NHS members are in charge of the recycling efforts at the high school, emptying classroom containers every other week and provide a babysitting service during parent-teacher conferences at the elementary school. They do at least one service project each year and donate any funds raised or items collected to a charity they select.

Morgan said the criteria has changed twice.

“In 2013-14, after researching what area schools were doing, we decided to lower the minimum cumulative GPA to a 90%,” Morgan said. “The faculty council felt that some very hard working students were being left out of the opportunity to apply for NHS. Some were taking the hardest classes and that sometimes negatively affected their grades. Others were taking easier classes and were eligible. We didn’t want kids to avoid taking more challenging classes in order to remain eligible for NHS.”

However, in 2016-17, the faculty council voted to change it back to a 93%, with the belief that NHS membership must require a greater dedication to academics, so it was decided to revert back to the cumulative ‘A’ requirement.

Another change occurred in 2017-18 when the NHS Character Scholarship was established. The NHS senior members that year established a scholarship that focuses on character, with a bit of a twist. The scholarship goes to a non-NHS member.
The scholarship was explained: “Many scholarships focus on activities, academics, leadership, and service, all of which are very valuable. However, character is a trait that sometimes goes unrecognized. Character is not something that can be validated by a test score or an impressive resume. Character is kindness, helpfulness, a positive attitude. Character is honesty, integrity, and a solid work ethic. Character may be the least tangible of the four pillars, but it is certainly the one that makes the most lasting impact.

Senior NHS members select a classmate who is not a member of NHS but who demonstrates the traits of strong character.

 

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