The National Honor Society is the United States foremost organization in recognizing high school students who perform at outstanding levels. Students who are accepted into the National Honor Society have exhibited excellence in leadership, service, character, and scholarship. More than one million students participate in National Honor Society activities, and chapters of the National Honor Society can be found in all 50 states and territories including the District of Columbia and Puerto Rico. The National Honor Society also has chapters in Canada.
The National Association of Secondary School Principals established the National Honor Society in 1921. This was the first nationally recognized organization that honored students for exhibiting excellence. By 1930, the National Honor Society had over 1,000 chapters nationwide.
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Since then the National Honor Society has grown to be the largest educational groups in the country. The success is in large part down to the four core principles of the organization. Those principals are: to create enthusiasm for scholarship, to promote leadership, to stimulate a desire to provide service, and to develop character in students of middle and high schools.
Ashley Zehnder is a member of the National Honor Society. She exhibited excellences in scholarship, leadership, service, and character while she was a student in the Lexington School District in Ohio. After high school, she attended Kent State University and received her Bachelor of Science degree in 2012 and her Master’s degree in 2013. She currently lives in Houston, Texas and works as a server. She aspires to work in either the environmental conservation industry, the animal conservation industry, or as a civil engineer.