By Beverly Cockrell
Corrigan-Camden ISD certainly has its share of remarkable students. Students that go above and beyond their classroom studies and assignments. One particularly outstanding group of youngsters are selected by a C-CHS faculty advisory committee on the basis of outstanding achievement in the areas of scholarship, leadership, service and character. These are the members of the C-CHS Chapter of the National Honor Society.
What is the National Honor Society?
According to their website, 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 recognize those students who have demonstrated excellence in the areas of scholarship, service, leadership, and character. These characteristics have been associated with membership in the organization since its beginning in 1921.
Today, it is estimated that more than one million students participate in NHS activities. NHS chapters are found in all 50 states, the District of Columbia, Puerto Rico, many U.S. territories, and Canada. Chapter membership not only recognizes students for their accomplishments, but challenges them to develop further through active involvement in school activities and community service."
Who can become members?
Junior and senior students can apply to become members of NHS. There are discipline and grade stipulations for students as well as an application that must be submitted listing those activities a student has completed toward leadership and service to others– in and outside of school.
Members are selected each year by a committee of faculty members who review each student's application.
What are some of the activities in which NHS members participate?
NHS members can be seen year round participating in and conducting various service activities around our community. Most notable are the "Ringing of the Bell" for the Salvation Army each holiday season as well as the Highway 287 W trash pick-up.
This year, Kacie Dewberry, C-C Junior High sixth grade science teacher, is the sponsor of the Corrigan-Camden Chapter of the National Honor Society. Angelia Purvis, C-CHS English II teacher, is assisting Dewberry and the students.
In the very near future, these students will continue on as "movers and shakers" in our community, state and (hopefully!) nation serving as role models of good character and integrity for future students.
When asked about becoming the NHS sponsor this year, Dewberry said,
"I am delighted and pleased that I have been selected as the NHS sponsor this year. I am excited that I will get to work with these young adults to help improve the community through our service events."