by Ben Heller
On Tuesday, Oct. 1, 41 students were inducted into the National Honor Society, a significant increase compared to the 33 students inducted last year.
These students have had a minimum grade point average of 92 after four to six semesters.
Membership into the NHS is granted to students who have shown qualities in scholarship, leadership, service and character.
According to the NHS website, the purpose is “to create enthusiasm for scholarship, to stimulate a desire to render service, to promote leadership and to develop character in the students of secondary schools.” These four qualities are all factors considered when a student applies for NHS.
“They are the best students we have. They are kids that are really active and have done lots of service opportunities,” National Honor Society Moderator Dr. Pete Nordloh said. “They are the students taking a lot of AP classes as well.”
Nordloh has been volunteering as moderator for ten years now. He hands out all the applications to students and coordinates the group of faculty members who review the applications.
He organizes the induction ceremony and assists with the Academic Intervention Mentor program where the NHS members act as tutors. In this program, freshmen who are identified as needing additional help with their school work are paired with a NHS member and they meet during their study hall for tutoring.
“St. Thomas is more select in the NHS than most schools, which makes the faculty and students understand that to be in NHS at St. Thomas really sets you apart,” Nordloh said. “It is not easy to have a 92 average at St. Thomas and then fulfill other requirements. This makes it really hard.”
Senior NHS member Michael Nielsen was excited about his fellow students’ accomplishments.
“I am thrilled for the kids,” Nielsen said. “They all seemed really excited.”
Indeed, induction to the organization is an honor filled with prestige.
“Our role is to help with serving as greeters at school wide activities. Sometimes we are asked to help with special functions like being judges at science fairs,” Nordloh said.
The induction and recitation of the pledge of NHS members concluded the ceremony.
Following a ceremony and symbolic lighting of candles, parents and inductees enjoyed refreshments, courtesy of the Mothers’ Club.