DID YOU KNOW…HISTORY WAS JUST MADE!
What do Cal Ripken Jr., Tina Fey, Bobby Hoying, Taylor Swift, and Mr. Rogers all have in common? Not much, besides the fact that they were all National Honor Society members. NHS was founded in 1921 under four criteria for students. NHS serves to recognize those students who have demonstrated excellence in the areas of scholarship, service, leadership, and character. These four main purposes have guided chapters of NHS from the beginning: 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.
On Tuesday, October 9, 2018, Hopewell-Loudon inducted 29 students, their largest class in the history of the school since the charter was formed at Hopewell-Loudon in 1973. That is an amazing number of students for any school, but for a school this size, quite frankly it is unheard of to have such a high number of students that meet the national qualifications. All students need to meet the national set criteria, have teacher recommendations, complete an essay, and have a minimum of 8 hours of community service logged. This is not an easy path by any means and arguably one of the most rigorous processes any student may undertake in their high school academic career. The 29 students in the class of 2018 are truly special and what I would call a group that are “rare air.”
The challenge may seem daunting to many of getting to this elite distinction, but truly the challenge has just begun for all of them. Congratulations to the Hopewell-Loudon National Honor Society Class of 2018!