On Oct. 27, 2016 from 7 to 8 p.m., the induction of the new National Honor Society (NHS) members will take place in the Music Center at St. Petersburg College, St. Petersburg/Gibbs Campus. The induction ceremony will be followed by a celebration in the gallery attached to the Music Center. The celebration involves refreshments, music, fellowship, and pictures.
“It takes about two to three months to prepare,” said Sherry Segall, advisor of NHS and Chemistry instructor at St. Petersburg Collegiate High School. The induction ceremony must be prepared in a timely manner. The invitations are required to be sent out to the families and students, while the script and certificates are created. “Once in a lifetime opportunity,” Segall said when asked why the ceremony is so important. She continued by saying the inductees join the ranks of a national organization noted to have prestige and great honor.
But what exactly is NHS? “NHS is the National Honor Society,” Segall said. An elite group of students who take a leadership role in the community. The students must go through the process of filling out submission information forms, which are reviewed by the St. Petersburg Collegiate NHS Faculty Council to determine if the students are qualified.
The students must meet certain requirements to be eligible for consideration. They need to show the four NHS tenets of membership: Leadership, Scholarship, Character, and Service. Once the members are inducted, they have obligations, such as paying their dues, maintaining NHS standards, attending regular meetings, participating in service projects, and upholding an unweighted 3.0 GPA and a weighted 3.5 GPA.
NHS focuses on service projects, which are required of the students. The projects have been converted into two parts: chapter and individual projects. Within the chapter projects, the students work together. The events are chosen and sponsored by the school. On the other hand, the individual projects are on the students’ own time and the students can find their own opportunities to volunteer. The volunteer hours they receive from NHS can also count toward their Bright Futures Scholarship hours.
Besides the induction ceremony, NHS has many other projects planned in which other students of St. Petersburg Collegiate can participate. “We generally try to maintain the same activities every year,” Segall said. NHS is teaming up with the SPCHS Interact Club to contribute to the Blood Drive on Thursday, Oct. 27 from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. In the spring, NHS members participate in Pennies for Pasta to raise money to fight leukemia. In addition, there will be a park cleanup and a painting event to raise money for animals later in the year
The NHS holiday gift drive for kids in Honduras ended Oct. 19. NHS also teamed up with Take Stock in Children to participate in the Halloween 5K Hustle on Oct. 22 at John’s Pass Park.
By Zariah Grant
SPC Collegiate High School Student