NHS: It takes more than a GPA

By Ben Norfolk Posted October 14, 2009

Many people think National Honor Society (NHS) is only about good grades and immense intelligence. In reality, it is much more than that.

“We rake leaves for the community in the fall, we have soup kitchens the first Thursday of every month,” said President Giovan Cholico.

NHS has been around in schools since the early 1900s. This group helps encourage students to keep their GPA up, help the community, and to learn leadership skills.

“We have concession stands for basketball season and all the money raised from that goes to scholarships for our members,” said Cholico.

According to the advisor of Honor Society, Mrs. Michelle Pasquale, the selection process begins in the sophomore year of high school. The students must have a 3.5 GPA or above to be selected. The students are then subject to a character rating by teachers at Lowry.

The rating is from 0-5 with 5 being the highest. The students must average a 3.0 or above on their character rating. To stay in Honor Society the student must maintain a 3.5 GPA all year long.

They must have eight hours of service in either their community or in the school. Everything that the group earns throughout the year goes to scholarships.

“I like that I get to be with some spectacular students, I mean I get to help run an organization that they want to make a success,” said Pasquale.

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