Hey all you middle schoolers! Yes, I am talking to you, listen up! Since we were little, our parents all told us the same thing, that doing well in school will be worth it in the future. We have all heard it before, and I am sure that we have all have thought that there would never be anything that would be worth doing all kinds of extra work at school for. Well, now there is! For all of you who are reading this, I have a few questions to ask you. Do you love school? Are you someone who always loves to go above and beyond no matter the challenges you may face? If you answered yes to either of these questions, then you just might have what it takes to become a member of the National Junior Honor Society! So join me, as I explain to you how it all started, how to become a member, and a few of the many benefits of being a member.
To begin with, before we talk about the fancy stuff, let us take a moment to talk about the story behind NJHS. It all started in 1929, when a group of people known as the National Association of Secondary School Principals, or NASSP for short, came up with the idea to create a society that recognizes outstanding middle school students in grades sixth and seventh. Eighth graders are not allowed to be admitted, because the induction ceremony is at the end of each school year, and eighth graders will be in high school the next year. However, these eighth graders may be inducted into the National Honors Society, which was created eight years earlier, in 1921. This society would recognize outstanding middle school students who have gone above and beyond the requirements for that grade level. This society was also used as a tool to help motivate other middle schoolers to also go above and beyond to ensure good grades.
In addition, now that we have gone over the origins of this great society, let us take some time to go over how to become a member of NJHS. To start, to become a member of NJHS, you must meet the following requirements. To get inducted you must, have a grade point average of 3.0 on a 4.0 scale, or an overall percent of eighty five or higher. You must also be willing to perform a required amount of hours of community service. As well as community service, you also need to be trustworthy, as well as helpful, and responsible. Meet these requirements, and you will be in NJHS in no time at all.
To continue, this fine society is also filled with many benefits. One of which can actually help fund for college. According to their official website, each year NJHS picks 500 members to be given something called the NJHS Outstanding Achievement Award. This award is only given to members who always go above and beyond what they need to do to succeed in the society. In addition to an achievement award, NJHS also helps members develop good career skills that large businesses look for when choosing employees to work for them.
In summary, NJHS is good for anyone who stand out more than the rest. From highlighting excellent students, to being full of great benefits that help people become greatly successful, NJHS is perfect for anybody who wants to be a successful individual. So work hard, and try your best, and I can almost guarantee that the next member of NJHS will in fact be you.