NATIONAL HONOR SOCIETY

On Thursday October 17th, Prairie Seeds Academy held its 3rd annual National Honor Society induction ceremony.  The new class of 12 students were treated to a ceremony in their honor, that included: speeches about their accolades, a candle lighting ceremony, and a luxurious dinner for family and friends.  NHS now has its biggest class with 20 students: Tony Xiong, Maiger Yang, Pang Vang, Kim Xiong, Malee Lor, Saleena Lee, Gennesys Gomez, Flevis Waindim, Cindy Vang, Moise ‘CJ’ Damey, Der Chang, Divine Islam, Kalia Lee, Kalvan Lee, Linda Yang, Maiker Yang, Marsay Johnson, Nou Yang, Sunny Thao, and Victoria Ademola.  It is their hope to promote, and act as a model for, the 4 pillars of NHS (Scholarship, Character, Leadership, and Service) in order to make PSA a better place.

NATIONAL HONOR SOCIETY (NHS) AT PSA SUMMARY:

The mission of the Prairie Seeds Academy Chapter of the National Honor Society (Prairie Seeds Academy NHS) is to promote scholarship, service, leadership and character. Prairie Seeds Academy NHS includes both senior and junior students who have distinguished themselves in high school. Prairie Seeds Academy chapter membership not only recognizes students for their accomplishments, but challenges them to become involved in school activities and community service. Prairie Seeds Academy NHS asks students to volunteer for activities designed to aid our school and our community. Members must have and maintain a cumulative G.P.A. of 3.25 and must record at least 20 hours of service within the community.

MORE INFO ON NHS:

National Honor Society is a nationally recognized student leadership and service organization.  It’s built upon four pillars: Scholarship, Leadership, Character, and Service (explained below).  All members of NHS are required to embody these traits all year in all aspects of their life.  This is no small tasks for teenagers today, especially with the many pressures and distractions present in modern society.  However, NHS is not for all students, or even above average students, NHS is for exceptional students.  The requirements for entry are rigorous, and students are held accountable by their teachers and peers all year.  However, involvement with NHS is well-regarded by many colleges and often helps students get a foot in the door.

Requirements:

-3.25 GPA or higher

-No behavior referrals in 9th and 10th grade

-Entrance essay explaining how their behavior embodies the four pillars

-Group interview

-Review and selection by committee

NHS at PSA is responsible for much of the academic support to both teachers and students.  NHS is the primary source of Teacher’s Assistants at PSA.  Some of NHS students have no open periods their senior year because they are filled with TA positions.  As a TA, NHS students are responsible for: collaborative teaching, small group facilitation, assisting the teacher with tasks/errands, developing goals with intervention students, tutoring, etc.  NHS students also serve as tutors to their fellow students and younger elementary students.  Tutoring can happen in the classroom during TA hours, or in the homework help room provided every morning.  Finally, NHS students and staff run the PSA Writing Room as well.  PSA students can submit their essays to be reviewed and edited by NHS students 24 hours prior to deadline.

Along with academic support, NHS students are required to complete service hours outside of school.  Many participate in school sponsored events through our IB programme.  However, some students find the time to seek out their own opportunities as well.  Students also act as leaders in the classroom.  They are often the first to participate and the one leading their group in work/discussion.  As visible members of our school community, they live to uphold the rules of PSA and remind their friends and peers of PSA’s high expectations for all students.  It is these actions that daily demonstrate the exceptional character of NHS students.

The Four Pillars of NHS:

Scholarship: Students who have a cumulative grade point average of 3.0 meet the scholarship requirement for membership. These students are then eligible for consideration on the basis of service, leadership, and character.

Service: This quality is defined through the voluntary contributions made by a student to the school or community, done without compensation and with a positive, courteous, and enthusiastic spirit.

Leadership: Student leaders are those who are resourceful, good problem solvers, promoters of school activities, idea-contributors, dependable, and persons who exemplify positive attitudes about life. Leadership experiences can be drawn from school or community activities while working with or for others.

Character: The student of good character upholds principles of morality and ethics, is cooperative, demonstrates high standards of honesty and reliability, shows courtesy, concern, and respect for others, and generally maintains a good and clean lifestyle.

Citizenship: The student who demonstrates citizenship understands the importance of civic involvement, has a high regard for freedom, justice, and democracy, and demonstrates mature participation and responsibility through involvement with such activities as scouting, community organizations, and school clubs.