A quarter of SLA students in National Honor Society

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SLA inducted six students into the National Honor Society (NHS) on Nov. 1. These students became part of the 26 percent of the students in grades 10-12 who are members of the NHS.

The six new NHS members are: Hannah Allain, senior; Lisette DeLeon, junior; Anji Lee, junior; Joel Morin, junior; Jayda Tulloch, junior; and Amaris Vanegas, junior.

Students qualify for membership based on four pillars of excellence established by the NHS: scholarship, service, leadership and character. SLA students must have a 3.5 GPA, remain current with required volunteer hours and exhibit leadership and quality character.

Current NHS members plan the special ceremony with a spiritual message, special music and prayer to welcome the new members to the NHS. They light five candles representing each pillar of excellence and one for the NHS. New members receive a NHS pin and sign the SLA registry of NHS members.

Being a member of the NHS is helpful when applying to college and scholarships. Since 1946, more than $14 million in scholarships has been awarded to outstanding NHS senior members, according to the NHS.

Another benefit is the opportunity to help people. Students in the NHS host two blood drives each year. The fall blood drive was held this year on Oct. 2, and the spring blood drive will be held on May 2. SLA’s chapter of the NHS has helped the Red Cross collect 273 units of blood since 2014. The students are currently working on the Coats for Kids campaign to donate clean coats to underprivileged children. They are accepting coats until Jan. 7. This semester, the students also made gift bags for 10 children in an orphanage in Africa. An additional service they do is to pick up recycling weekly in each of the school buildings.

NHS is a national organization recognizing outstanding high school students since its establishment in 1921. It is estimated that more than one million students participate in NHS activities in all 50 states. South Lancaster Academy’s chapter of the NHS has been in existence since 1987.