Honors Club is one of RM’s most popular extracurricular activities. They offer benefits and valuable experience along with friendships that last throughout high school. However, many students, especially freshmen, have unanswered questions about what honor societies do and which one is best for them.
The most prestigious honor society of all students is the National Honor Society (NHS). Corresponding to its name, the NHS is a national organization dedicated to promoting academic excellence and her two attributes of leadership and service.
The NHS has detailed requirements for membership. Students must maintain a minimum GPA of 3.0 and demonstrate traits such as academic commitment and leadership. It is for 2nd through 4th grade students. Students then submit an application to their local chapter and, if accepted, become a member of the NHS.
The NHS offers many benefits such as leadership conferences, university scholarships and service projects. However, before submitting an application, students should consider whether they have time to meet the volunteer hours requirement and why they want to participate in the first place.
RM offers more than 10 honorary societies, but non-NHS honorary societies are less well known. These honorary bodies can generally be divided into several categories. Languages include Spanish, French and Chinese. Electives include art, computer science, and music. The core includes English, Science and Social Studies.
The Spanish National Honor Society (SHH) aims to serve its community while respecting its culture and language. To do this, they hold cultural celebrations among other activities, a long-standing tradition of RM.
“We had a Día de los Muertos celebration, where we painted sugar skulls and ate pan de muerto,” said Anna Lee, senior president and senior at SHH. . “We too [want] Incorporate more field trips. I just went to the Latin American Museum of America and it was a very fulfilling experience. “
SHH is also a great place for anyone interested in the Spanish language to meet others with similar interests and serve the community.
“Meeting people who are also interested in Spanish has encouraged me to learn Spanish. If I have questions, I sometimes ask my friends at SHH,” says Lee. Told. “The Honor Society is a really good way to get involved in the academic community.”
SHH has relatively lower commitments and requirements compared to the NHS. Held on the first Monday of each month, he requires a $20 fee upon registration.
“To join a society, you must be currently taking Spanish or have taken the AP exam and done well, but you pay the dues, submit the form, and get 10 credits,” says Lee. said. She “can earn credits by attending cultural appreciation events, tutoring, and serving the community in other ways through Spanish.”
Another honor society that is often overlooked is the Tri-M Music Honor Society, or simply Tri-M. Tri-M is focused on giving musicians the opportunity to grow and gain confidence, and on spreading their music to the community.
“Tri-M is in charge Make sure everything runs smoothly for your instrumental and choral concerts, at least as far as the audience is concerned. ” Historian and junior Shirley Han said: “So we are the ones who prepare the food in the lobby and the ones who keep the door open for everyone to come in. I also do a lot of work for the community and do a lot of volunteer work in nursing homes. “
Tri-M meets every other Friday at lunch in the choir room, during which people play music for the rest of the members.
“I personally have very bad stage fright and I know I hated playing solo, but after doing so many Tri-M performances I honestly gained a lot of confidence. “I’ve been building,” Han said. “I’ve learned how to deal with the stress and anxiety of having to perform in front of people.”
Han made many memories at the Tri-M meeting.
“We have a Beethoven birthday party every year and it’s a lot of fun. We just celebrate. We might introduce a slideshow, listen to a lot of Beethoven, and hear the students perform,” she said.
To participate in Tri-M, students must be enrolled in music ensemble classes and maintain a minimum GPA of 3.0. For musical ensembles, freshmen are still welcome to participate, but the entrance ceremony will not take place until the following year.
The National Art Honor Society (NAHS) is also offered in RM. Combining art with community service, it has a broader mission to create and then display through competition participation, exhibition participation or creating art therapy.
“We don’t have meetings, we have opportunities. So emails are sent and students can choose which opportunities they want to participate in. Each activity has a certain number of credits that accumulate over the course of the year,” said the teacher. Sponsor and art teacher, Ms. Catherine Stanton, said:
Requirements include a small fee and students must have already taken one year of fine arts in high school and therefore be at least a sophomore. To participate, students fill out a form and attend a meeting of interest. If they pay their fees and meet their credits, they will be inducted into the Hall of Fame at the end of the year.
“I’m a reminder of the background information they need to get out there, and I’m a support system when they need to gather supplies or work on a project,” said Mrs. Stanton.
Over the past few years, NAHS has expanded its impact on the community.
“We stood up and argued with lawmakers. [hosted] We held a variety of community events to encourage community interaction,” said Mrs. Stanton. “We also exhibited and promoted a number of ongoing gallery exhibitions. Now we are doing youth art and painting at the hospital for art therapy.”