Plymouth Whitemarsh High School (PWHS) recognized more than 150 students at their National Honor Society (NHS) Induction Ceremony on October 24. The group highlights students who balance their academics and extra curricular activities in order to represent the four pillars of NHS: scholarship, leadership, service and character.
"Being a part of NHS is so exciting, because it's a great organization that brings together the best of the best of PW," said PWHS Senior Tara Al-Saleem, coordinator of the NHS. "It also encourages kids to go out and do service opportunities in our community and in the greater Philadelphia area."
Over the course of the 2019-2020 school year, each student in the NHS will also volunteer between 20-30 hours of time to school and community events.
"I enjoy seeing what the students are able to accomplish in four years — not just academically, not just how they're involved in the school, but their strong character and leadership," said NHS Advisor and PWHS Math Teacher Lori Lynch. "My favorite part is learning about all of the different volunteer opportunities there are."
The guest speaker for the event was Anthony Stover, the Community Relations Director for The Philadelphia Ronald McDonald House — where NHS students from PWHS will be volunteering to serve breakfast and drop off donated Halloween costumes.
"Whenever I can spread our mission for creating a community of comfort for families with seriously ill children, I'm all for it. I love sharing what we do," said Mr. Stover. "I'm also looking forward to them coming to the House. I always say there's nothing cooler than kids helping kids."
By focusing on developing skills in the four pillars — scholarship, leadership, service and character, the NHS is helping to give PWHS students the skills to be future ready.
When asked what he thought the NHS students would be doing in ten years, PWHS Senior and NHS Treasurer Aaron Goldstein had this to say: "Running the world, that's what I think they'll be doing. Smart, young minds are what's going to take us to the next level and transform the future."
The more than 150 students highlighted at the event included 68 juniors, 12 new seniors and returning seniors to the organization.