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Marcus Myvett

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LHS has one of the most recognizable and honorable clubs in the nation, which is National Honors Society, a club based upon doing community service around Liberty, sponsored by Kelsie Kleinmeyer.  They meet every first Tuesday of the month at 7:45 before school in the Little Theater.

NHS does a lot of community based projects, such as working at Hillcrest Thrift Shop, doing elementary science nights and helping at elementary carnivals. Senior and service officer Amy Burnham feels like NHS has allowed her to help her community.

“NHS has shown me how many opportunities are out there to serve my community and how there is something for everyone to help serve others,” Burnham said.

All juniors start out as just members, but near the end of the year, all of NHS comes together and decides who will be the officer for the following year. Positions include the officer of hours, communication, events service opportunities, attendance and president of NHS. Junior and incoming attendance officer Katie Benhardt is looking forward to being an officer next year.

“I’m really excited to get to be an officer next year,” Benhardt said. “I was really happy to be given this opportunity. I was happy to be put in charge of such a prestigious club and I want to have a lot of fun with it.”

Junior Molly Day is also excited to be an officer next year, but has a very busy schedule that is sometimes hard to manage around NHS meetings.

“I do sometimes get little worried about balancing everything else I do, but NHS is going out of your way to do community service, so I figure out a way to fit it into my schedule,” Day said.

To get into NHS, students must attain and keep a GPA of 3.5 or above to stay in NHS. There’s the requirement of hours, which is 40 community service hours. Senior Jackson Ferguson said he had a little difficulty getting all 40 hours, but he got it done in the end.

“It’s hard to think about doing it until all the hours are due because you get 2 years to do 40 hours, but it’s hard to make yourself do that until last minute,” Ferguson said.

Some students at LHS may question why they should participate in community service for NHS.  Ferguson also had doubts about NHS.

“I had the question of if I am doing the volunteering to get something back, but I realized that yes I get something back. Not prizes or money, but the good feeling of helping people,” Ferguson said.

NHS may have high standards, but it has a positive effect on members’ lives, such as participating in community service projects.

“It has continued to push me to be successful.” Benhardt said. “It also pushed me to keep my grades up and opened my eyes to a lot of community things like the peer inclusion, which I wouldn’t have been able to do. The club is made up of strong minded people who push you to be the best you can be.”

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