If you are a high achieving student who wants to challenge yourself and become more involved, then Garden Grove High School’s National Honor Society (NHS) will guide you in your endeavor. NHS is a local chapter of the nation-wide organization that recognizes accomplished students upon graduation.
NHS is advised by Mrs. Jue and led by the Selina Huynh (12; president), Minh Thi Le (12; vice president), Amanda Nguyen (12; secretary), Emily Ta (12; treasurer), Lisa Pham (11; historian), and Nghiem Pham (11; ICC representative).
These officers have been hard at work at reforming the club. For example, contrary to previous years, all students with a 3.5 GPA or higher can apply regardless of their leadership positions. Freshmen cannot join; sophomores must complete forty hours of volunteers service for three years, juniors must complete fifty hours for two years, and seniors — for this year only — must complete sixty hours. Unlike in other clubs, everyone has opportunities to lead. “We made it easier to become a leader, with our… submission box where members can organize their own event without being an officer of the club,” says Selina Huynh.
Members can also now complete twenty hours through outside community service not involved with NHS. Thus, as many volunteers have twenty fewer hours to fulfill in the club, the officers require the members’ unfazed and utmost dedication to the club; they cannot “double dip,” or in other words, receive hours for multiple clubs for one event.
Many members join NHS for the wrong reasons: they simply expect to be rewarded recognition and a cord in the graduation ceremony after completing adequate hours of volunteer service. “NHS is so much more rewarding than a $12.59 cord that anyone can buy off their website,” says Selina Huynh. There are indeed countless benefits to reap from NHS membership. As members constantly interact with others, “they learn to.. demonstrate good service and character,” says Emily Ta. “Members can learn how to take command of a situation,” Nghiem Pham adds.
Yes — you will have to give up four to six hours of your weekend to volunteer regularly, spend two hours after school grading assignments at Lincoln Center, and constantly keep track of your points. Being a member of NHS requires grit, dedication, and hard work, but it will definitely be worth it in the end. You will come out of the club as a recognized high school graduate, a stronger leader, and an avid advocate for community service.