National Honor Society
The National Honor Society (NHS) is the nation's premier organization established to recognize outstanding high school students. More than just an honor roll, NHS serves to honor those students who have demonstrated excellence in the areas of Scholarship, Leadership, Service and Character. These characteristics have been associated with membership in the organization since their beginnings in 1921 and 1929.
Today, it is estimated that more than one million students participate in activities of the NHS. Chapters are found in all 50 states, the District of Columbia, Puerto Rico, many US Territories, and Canada.
The Four Pillars of National Honor Society
Scholarship: Scholarship is characterized by a commitment to learning. A student is willing to spend the necessary time to cultivate his/her mind in the quest for knowledge. This pillar can only be achieved through diligence and effort. Scholarship means always doing the best work possible, regardless of impending reward.
Service: The pillar of service can be reached in a variety of ways. The willingness to work for the benefit of those in need without compensation or recognition of any kind is a quality that is essential in NHS members. As a service club, the National Honor Society is highly concerned with giving its all to the school and community at large.
Leadership: Leaders take the initiative to aid others in a wholesome manner throughout their daily activities. Leaders sacrifice their personal interests in order to yield to the needs of others. Leaders need wisdom and self-confidence to affect change in all aspects of their lives. Leaders inspire positive attitudes in others.
Character: Character is what distinguishes one individual from another. It is the product of constant striving to make the right choices day after day. Students with good character demonstrate respect, responsibility, trustworthiness, fairness, caring, and citizenship in all of their actions.
Taos High School Chapter
Dr. Catherine Collins is the THS NHS Chapter Advisor. A total of 46 members comprise the THS Chapter of the National Honor Society. The Faculty Council of Taos High School approves application for membership into the organization. An Induction ceremony is held each to welcome new members. Each year the THS Chapter volunteers for and is involved in one or more service projects for each year.
Advisor: Dr. Catherine Collins <email@example.com>
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