Dunbar’s National Honor Society

Staff reporter Julia Radhakrishnan explains the purpose of the National Honor Society and how to become a member at Dunbar

The National Honor Society (NHS) is a club offered at schools across the country to juniors and seniors to help them learn how to have a positive impact on the community and grow based on the four pillars of the organization: scholarship, service, leadership and character.

NHS was founded in 1921 and was the first honor society to connect students across the nation. There are many famous NHS members, including athletes such as Troy Aikman, actors such as Meryl Streep and Tina Fey, and Nobel prize winning physicist Dr. Arno Penzias.

Students who are eligible for NHS at Dunbar are juniors and seniors with an unweighted GPA of 3.5 or above.

Members of NHS take part in service opportunities over the year. At Dunbar, members participate in a holiday gift drive for the UK Children’s Hospital, and they also help organize the annual career fair.

According to National Honor Society’s website, members of NHS have access to resources such as college admission planning, financial aid through the NHS Scholarship program and opportunities for leadership development.

Dunbar junior Sahar Mohammadzadeh is excited to join NHS.

“[I want to] know and meet other distinguished students,” said Mohammadzadeh. “[I] would like the opportunity to organize events and hang out with some friends.”

The NHS application consists of two parts: teacher recommendations and personal experiences.  The personal experiences portion involves a personal statement, extracurricular activities and community service experience.

Applications for NHS are due Sept. 27 at 3:30 p.m. via Dunbar’s NHS website. For more information, please contact Mr. Eddie Mullins.