National Honor Society
National Honor Society Recognizes Students for Distinguished Service, Leadership
The National Honor Society is the nation's premier organization established to recognize outstanding high school students. Since its inception in 1921, its mission has been to:
- Create enthusiasm for scholarship
- Stimulate a desire to render service
- Promote leadership
- Develop character in secondary school students
OHVA is proud to be recognized by the National Honor Society (NHS) and National Junior Honor Society (NJHS) for having an outstanding high school and middle school.
OHVA launched a chapter of the NJHS for the middle school in 2008 and currently has 49 members working on service projects and peer tutoring for fellow middle school students in math and reading. The OHVA NHS chapter began in 2010 and currently has 59 members. High school students who are OHVA National Honor Society members maintain a 3.8 GPA or higher and have been approved by OHVA faculty members based on their grades and the National Honor Society application requirements.
The chapters' combined efforts have resulted in:
- Raising funds annually for The Red Cross by hosting a group blood-drive
- Peer mentoring programs for middle school and high school students
- Collections for local food banks and humane societies
- Ongoing plans for new volunteer opportunities in 2015
Membership in OHVA NHS
OHVA celebrated its annual NHS induction ceremony in December of 2014 and inducts students in NJHS in the spring of each year. New officers including president, vice president, secretary and treasurer are also named during the induction ceremonies.
Becoming a member of the OHVA NHS is an honor and is based on the criteria of scholarship, service, leadership, and character. Students must have a sophomore, junior, or senior status and have completed at least one semester at OHVA in good standing with a minimum GPA of 3.8.
Once a candidate is voted into the NHS, he or she must attend monthly meetings, maintain a GPA of 3.8 or higher, uphold all school rules and complete a minimum of 25 service hours each semester including one "face-to-face" group project.