National Honor Society celebrates centennial

S-C National Honor Socety with Mayor John Kehde


Sedalia, MO — Smith-Cotton High School is proud to join thousands of schools from around the world to celebrate the centennial anniversary of the National Honor Society (NHS). Since its inception in 1921, NHS has been a pioneer in student organizations by using a unique, forward-thinking lens to recognize students for far more than academia. NHS honors students for their outstanding academic achievement and community engagement, while providing programs and services that support their development into exemplary role models.

“As we celebrate the centennial anniversary of the National Honor Society, we recognize the important role the organization has played to develop well-rounded students who embody scholarship, service, leadership, and character,” said JoAnn Bartoletti, executive director of the National Association of Secondary School Principals (NASSP), which serves as the parent organization of NHS. “For the past 100 years, these pillars of NHS have spread throughout learning communities, ultimately making a lasting impact on the education landscape across the United States and beyond.”

Today, it is estimated that more than one million students participate in NHS activities annually, with chapters found in all 50 statues, U.S. Territories, Canada and around the world. Membership recognizes students for their accomplishments and challenges them to develop their leadership further through active involvement in school activities and community service. The foundational pillars of the program—scholarship, service, leadership, and character—equip students with the skills they need to become well-rounded, valuable, and active citizens in their communities. 

“NHS identifies students who want more from their education than letter grades—they want to make a valuable difference in society,” said Nara Lee, director of NASSP Student Leadership. “As we look to the future, NHS will continue to push the boundaries of student development, serving as the champion of student growth and achievement for the entire learning community."

Currently, the Smith-Cotton chapter of National Honor Society thrives as the schools center for scholarship and leadership. For the season of 2020-2021, our chapter has 65 members. On average, our chapter completes 2,000 community service hours per year.

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