National Honors Society

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  1. luke6smith

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    Who else, if anyone, is getting inducted into NHS tonight?
     
  2. Andromeda

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    Apparently no one.
     
  3. tommyboy44

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    I get inducted in August
     
  4. Andromeda

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    You killed it, tommyboy.
     
  5. tommyboy44

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    My apologies.
     
  6. Passerby

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    Congrats to all of you are being inducted or will be inducted inro NHS!
     
  7. ENwifeArmyMom

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    Congratulations! NHS is a great accomplishment !!! It is a great building block on your resume!
     
  8. Pima

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    Not saying it is not an accomplishment, but statistically for these kids here it is almost as common as tieing their shoes.
     
  9. time2

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    ^^^ I agree, especially if being in that group is simply to acknowledge that you did well on your SAT/ACT or in h.s. in general. A lot of things can go on your h.s. resume, but as it relates to what matters in applying to an SA, they will be more interested in what you actually did as part of these various clubs/groups. An ECA whose highlight is getting selected to that group won't mean nearly as much as an ECA where you actually accomplished something and had genuine responsibilities.
     
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  10. navymomwannabe

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    DD was inducted on Monday. So were 98 others (class of 493). Much bigger group than her brother 3 years ago.
     
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  11. Pima

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    So true!

    This is meant in kindness, and please understand that is my intention.

    Being a member of NHS checks the box/square...awards
    ~ Look at the incoming stats for every SA regarding how many are NHS members.

    Being involved in NHS ( elected official) is what will stand out!

    Just putting down NHS is impo nothing more than making the regs for selection.

    Sorry if I offend anyone, but I have to be honest, you want an appointment or scholarship. just being inducted into NHS as a junior is not an edge.
    ~ Bursting the bubble...DS was NHS. Latin HS, French HS...all junior year on top of that the #of APs, his ECs (athletics/community service), plus his best sitting/superscore ACT/SAT
    ~~ Homeschoolers do not have that NHS option, bur SA and ROTCs look at these factors.

    Quality ( positions) mean as much, maybe more than quantity (every organization and no position)
     
  12. bookreader

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    Just an FYI, there is a national honor society that is open to homeschoolers. http://www.etasigmaalpha.com/

    I know this because two of my children were inducted. Standardized test scores were required as well as a number of other things. They were part of a local chapter and also had to fulful the chapter requirements (I don't recall what they all were but attendance at service opportunities was a must).
    And yes, West Point did note this on my son's application because the head of admissions called the adult Eta Sigma Alpha chapter coordinator to talk about my son and his involvement in the organization.
     
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  13. navymomwannabe

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    Sadly, the elections for NHS at our school gave the presidency to a guy who promised snacks.
    I wish I was kidding.....
     
  14. tommyboy44

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    My NHS gave president to a girl whose parents made a massive donation to the school... This was not the first time that she won a school event through bribery.
     
  15. Zandercott

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    And these two examples are exactly why I don't even bother with it- there are so many more things to put on my resume.
     
  16. brovol

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    My son was elected President of his NHS, and won it despite two of his competitors handing out lavish (by kids standards) gifts to the NHS members the morning of the vote. Each was allowed to make a brief speach before the vote, and my son said, "I don't have anything to hand out in exchange for your vote, but I'll remind you, the gifts you were just given by the others can't be taken back at this point, and you owe them nothing for the gifts regardless of who you vote for. I just suggest that you vote for someone who's character isn't the type that leads him to pay for votes, and who relies on who he is". He won in a landslide, and several of the NHS kids told me later that it was really cool.

    One of the kids who tried the bribery trick told my son after, " hey, it was worth a try", and laughed about it.

    In the end, it's not much different than any other election, or politics in general. The candidates offer prizes to their target voters.

    There is a lot at stake with some of these high school positions. It can mean a lot. Admissions people from USNA, USMA, and USAFA all told my son that the NHS president is quite meaningful, particularly when added to an otherwise solid application.
     
  17. navymomwannabe

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    That's my frustration brovol. Admissions people see president of clubs and varsity captain positions as "leadership" when the strongest leaders in the club/team aren't always the most well known kids. It is usually a popularity contest. On my son's state championship football team, the captains (with 1 notable exception) were the kids who liked to party and were socially popular. It's especially hard for my daughter as she's a natural leader (albeit rough around the edges), but as a teenage girl she's seen as a bossy b*tch. That does not win you votes.
     
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  18. tommyboy44

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    Yeah, I ran for student government this year but lost a lot of votes because I am known as the kid who will not be seen within 5 miles of a "party". I put party in quotations because it is basically a drug and alcohol den at my school because all the kids are rich and can afford anything they want. Luckily I did get elected to my schools honor council because the teachers choose who they think are the most respectable and honorable kids to lead the school. It is silly how high school elections work, it seems like the worse the person you are, the better the chance you have.
     
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  19. WannabeGonnabe

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    If it makes anyone feel better, I received an appointment without being part of the NHS. There are many other factors involved, but it's not all over if you're not in.
    I wish someone had told me this last year-I was so anxious about not being able to check that box on the app. I thought I'd put this out there in case it helps anyone else.
     
  20. tommyboy44

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    That's awesome! If you don't mind me asking, what were your strong points? I am in NHS but have a pretty low cumulative GPA due to a rather lacking freshmen year, I am very nervous because of this.
     

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