by Jordan Gogo
National Honor Society students from Sequoyah High School volunteered to assist the Tahlequah Daily Press with counting ballots for the Best of Cherokee County campaign Tuesday.
NHS is an organization that recognizes outstanding high school students across the United States. The organization was founded in 1921 by The National Association of Secondary School Principals and now consists of nearly one million students.
Students in grades 10-12 are recognized based on four areas of excellence: scholarship, service, leadership and character. To become members, they must have a grade point average of at least 3.5 on a 4.0 scale.
Students are required to attend chapter meetings at their school and complete volunteer hours to maintain membership in NHS.
"We're always looking for volunteer opportunities," said Becca Brandt, Sequoyah High School NHS adviser. "This helps our students to get into college, making them better candidates for concurrent enrollment and scholarships."
The NHS Scholarship awards a combined $2 million to recipients. For 2018-2019, the national winner won $25,000; 24 finalists won $5,625; and 575 semifinalists won $3,200.
Volunteering also helps students succeed after they graduate from high school and college, according to Brandt.
"It allows them to come into contact with community members and leaders," said Brandt. "Making those connections can help them get jobs."
Not only does volunteering help students in building their resumes, they also have fun while doing it.
"We like doing this stuff," said Liam McAlpin, SHS NHS student president. "I think service hours are good for both the community and the students."
To learn more about the National Honor Society, visit www.nhs.us. TDP will begin notifying Best of Cherokee County winners next week.