The on-going pursuit of personal and academic excellence that is at the heart of the Massanutten Military Academy experience was on display Sunday when the school unveiled the latest members of the National Honor Society in its chapter.
The Massanutten chapter of NHS has existed for years and expanded with 12 new members Sunday including: Cadets Bright, France, Grochalski, C. Johnson, Kidwell, Lang, Munshi, Neo, Pagel, Stone, Sutton, M. Traore. There was a second ceremony on Wednesday after Family Meeting to allow the new members to be recognized in front of the entire school.
One of the most prestigious recognitions for high school students, NHS honors the overall contributions of a student based on four pillars: character, leadership, scholarship, and service. Members of NHS are expected to be community leaders who not only have good grades, but are the first to volunteer to help with a blood drive or other charity to assist local, regional, or national causes.
One of the specific ways that Massanutten’s NHS members will help others is by working as a tutor with a fellow classmate struggling in a particular topic. To work with the community, NHS members will be volunteering at a food bank in Woodstock and with the local chapter of Habitat for Humanity.
“Throughout the year members of our chapter serve as role models for other students in actions as well as words,” history teacher and NHS chapter head Christine Blakely said in Sunday’s ceremony. “In addition to strong academic records, which are established for membership, these students are leaders; who serve our school and our community in a variety of activities.”
There will be a second ceremony in the spring to welcome the next class of Massanutten’s NHS members, allowing students time to improve their character, leadership, grades and service in time to join this distinguished organization.
The oldest national honor society, the National Honor Society was established in 1921 by the National Association of Secondary School Principals (NASSP). Today more than one million students around the world are members of the NHS family.