More Than Just Another Club

Staff Writer: Mayson Cambron

Woodstock High School’s student body of over 2,000 students holds home to a plethora of clubs and organizations that are service-based. One of these many clubs is the National Honor Society (NHS). NHS places a high standard on academic achievement, character and service.

Through freshman and sophomore year, the grades of students are monitored and at the beginning of junior year, those with a weighted GPA of 94.5 and above are extended an invitation to join the club.

For those who accept the invitation, an induction ceremony is held where the NHS officers welcome the students and present the NHS Four Core Qualities of scholarship, leadership, character and service.

According to the Four Core Qualities, scholarship is seen as a commitment to learning. As an NHS member, the students are expected to take their academics seriously and show a devotion to learning, but to recognize that the goal is not to simply memorize answers for a test, but rather to gain knowledge through “diligence and effort.”  The organization as a whole strives to teach that “Learning furnishes the lamp by which we read the past and which illuminates the future.”

Leadership is also highly valued, and members are encouraged to represent themselves well. They are expected to show responsibility and initiative in their actions and to be a “wholesome influence on the school.” Whether members are on school campus or out in the community serving, “Leadership is always needed; thus, to lead is a substantive charge for each of our members.”

Character is a quality that NHS teaches as being achieved, not simply received. Many of the students selected to be members of NHS already exemplify great character; however, it is a quality that is refined through this club. “By demonstrating qualities such as respect, responsibility, trustworthiness, fairness, caring and citizenship, we may hope to prove by example that we value character.”

Service is the final of the Four Core Qualities. When scholarship, leadership and character are combined, the desire to serve others is found and through NHS, students are given countless opportunities to serve their school and their community throughout the year.

An NHS member has certain requirements that are expected of him or her. Besides that of maintaining their 94.5 GPA average, there are service hour requirements. Each semester, a minimum of five “in club” hours and five “out of club” hours are required to maintain membership.

In-club hours means anything that NHS organizes or provides to their students as means of serving. This could be working concession stands at the school’s baseball games, or volunteering at one of the elementary schools’ fall festivals.

Nov 1

Here an NHS volunteer is seen running the Plinko game station at the Carmel Elementary Fall Festival Photo Courtesy: NHS

Earning out of club hours requires students to go out and seek their own ways to serve the community. Perhaps in their local church or helping with an animal shelter, students can experience the joy that comes with serving


For those who want to go above and beyond the 10-hour requirements each semester, a Service Medallion is an achievable reward members can receive at graduation if they volunteer for an extra 10 hours each semester both junior and senior years. These hours can be in club or out of club service opportunities.

Nov 3

A group of NHS members after spending their Friday night volunteering at the Sixes Back to School Bash. Photo Courtesy: Mayson Cambron

In just the past three months, students have already been involved in many different activities. On Aug. 24, many students volunteered at the Sixes Back-to-School Bash. From running the concession stand to the game stations to face painting, members were able to serve the Sixes Elementary students with a smile.

Nov 2

NHS member Katie Thrift (12) is seen here directing the flow of traffic at the annual Moo’ve it 5k hosted by Chick-fil-A Photo Courtesy: Mayson Cambron

Chick-fil-A annually hosts a Moo’ve It 5k, and they asked Woodstock High School’s NHS to bring a group of volunteers to help regulate the flow of traffic throughout the park, as well as clean up the water tables after the race concluded.

Nov 4

NHS students work to cover the windows of Carmel Elementary with colorful paper in preparation for the exclusive 5th grade section of the Fall Festival. Photo Courtesy: Mayson Cambron

As October began, various Fall Festival’s began at the Cherokee County Elementary schools. Similar to the Back-to-School Bash, students ran games, concessions and hair & nails stations that brought great joy to many of the kids being served.

Nov 5

The nail and hair station run by NHS volunteers at the Carmel Fall Festival. Photo Courtesy: Mayson Cambron

As the fall months come to a close and the holiday season approaches, NHS officers are preparing for a series of Holiday Workshops. The events seem to never end, which is perfect because it allows students to meet their requirements but also to get involved with their community.

“NHS is different from other clubs because of the attitudes of the students who participate in the activities. The students are always excited to spend their time volunteering at the events we organize, and they have a lot of fun doing it,” commented Woodstock High School’s NHS President, Johnny Vaughan.

While there are many service clubs, NHS stands out because of the values it stands on and the service opportunities it provides.

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