Established in Pennsylvania in 1921, the National Honor Society is an organization for high-achieving students in grades 10 through 12. The prestigious organization, sponsored by the National Association of Secondary School Principals, provides a variety of benefits and opportunities for members.
The National Honor Society maintains a number of scholarship programs that recognize outstanding leadership, character, and academic achievement. Scholarships include the Herff Jones Principal’s Leadership Award, which provides an opportunity for high school principals to recognize deserving students. The Prudential Spirit of Community Award recognizes students on the basis of community service. Other awards include the American Citizenship Award and the President’s Education Award Program. Various opportunities for leadership, service, and scholarship are available through individual chapters.
Members of the National Honor Society have an opportunity to attend a LEAD conference, an annual event that offers opportunities for members to network, share ideas, meet leaders, attend workshops, listen to national speakers, and take ideas for improvement back to their local chapters. Students apply to attend a LEAD conference, held in one of three different areas of the country. In 2012-13, conferences were held in Phoenix, Chicago, and Washington, D.C.
About the Author: A high school student in Victor, New York, Alexandra Chapman has received a number of awards for her leadership and academic achievement. She maintains memberships in several academic organizations, including the National Honor Society. In spite of her busy schedule, she volunteers time to charitable organizations, including groups that assist underserved families.