The National Honor Society at North Branch Area High School has definitely been busy during the first month and a half of school. National Honor Society is a group of 92 juniors and seniors, dedicated to making a difference within the community. To be admitted into the group, students must have and uphold a 3.6 cumulative grade point average. New members volunteer for at least 20 hours, while returning members volunteer for at least 30. This program is led by Mr. and Mrs. Bettendorf, and Jonathan Schuster is this year’s president. The other officers are Whitney Greenwaldt, Samantha Plante, Noah Hubbard, Anthony Her, Shelby Sim, Jessica Petrik, and Samantha Weiss.
New members were recently sworn into the group at an induction ceremony by Jonathan Schuster, and the returning members renewed their commitment. But that isn’t the only event for this group. They have already been hard at work with various volunteer projects. They started the year by working the concession stand for the first football game of the season. They also ran a booth at the North Branch Area High School’s open house. They took shifts, answering any questions that students or parents had about National Honor Society. They also helped out at the North Branch Homecoming Carnival.
One of the big events for National Honor Society is Trick or Can. Instead of Trick-or-Treating for candy, the students will be dispersing throughout the North Branch school district to collect canned goods for the food shelf. They do this in conjunction with the North Branch Student Council. The students will hear a presentation by a guest speaker from Family Pathways, who will help them learn the impact that they are making. So make sure to have those canned goods ready to go. If the students don’t get the chance to make it to your house, you can still bring those donations to the local food shelf.
The other big event that National Honor Society is looking forward to is the Arts Festival Nov. 23. The group is in charge of concessions at both the high school and middle school. Profits go towards scholarships for the seniors involved in National Honor Society.