Valley National Honor Society Chapter Serves Community

written by Arjun Ganga

The National Honor Society was founded in 1921 with the following goals: 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. Now, the NHS has chapters in every state. It is estimated that over 1 million students have participated in a National Honor Society program. Valley High School’s NHS chapter has been around for many years, but incoming juniors could apply to participate for the first time in 2014-15.

Since last May’s induction of 75 members, Valley’s NHS chapter has not looked back. It is dedicated to the betterment of the community through leadership initiative and service projects. The group has been meeting once a month and held its first 2015-16 meeting in September 2015. The officer cabinet consists of President Emma Avdic (senior), Vice President Jack Ohringer (senior), Secretary Haley Gion (senior), Treasurer Abby McCullough (junior), Reporter/Public Relations Officer Arjun Ganga (junior), and Historian Melissa Grinvalds (senior).

Over the course of the year, NHS has organized many projects including a peer tutoring service, available in all subjects during study hall and Saturday morning resource, and a reading buddies program in which NHS members read with younger children. The group also assisted with the Booster Pak program by making holiday cookies and collecting donations for West Des Moines families in need, and began a Valley beautification project that is currently working to construct a mural outside of Valley to add aesthetic appeal to the building.

In the future, the group plans to complete the mural project (which is in its final planning stages) and make sure that all of its current programs are established thoroughly for future participation.