National Honor Society to induct 114 from S. Carroll


September 18, 1998|By Donna Abel | Donna Abel,SPECIAL TO THE SUN

SOUTH CARROLL HIGH School will induct 114 juniors and seniors into the National Honor Society during a ceremony held in the school auditorium at 7: 30 p.m. Thursday.

Students who qualify for NHS membership are selected each spring and inducted the next fall. NHS members have maintained a minimum of a 3.5 grade-point average and are active in school service and leadership activities.

Membership is more than a certificate or an impressive note on a high school record. This attention to grades and school participation is a plus for students applying to colleges.

Terry Eckard, an art instructor at South Carroll and the NHS Club sponsor, said, "When colleges see that a student is an NHS member, they already know that the grade-point average is very good and that the student already has participation and leadership qualities. That's a real plus."

There's more to membership than a ceremony and certificate, however. To remain active members of NHS, students must maintain their honor-roll status, attend Activity Day meetings, pay annual dues, participate in NHS service activities and maintain the NHS standard of character regarding school policies.

The largest NHS service activity each year is the Daffodil Days fund-raiser for the American Cancer Society. During this fund-raiser, daffodils are sold each spring to raise money for the ACS; it raised more than $2,500 last year, Eckard said.

NHS students also are encouraged to be available for peer tutoring, the ninth-grade homeroom mentoring program, making cards for American Education Week and providing holiday gifts for the Neighbors in Need program.

Students conduct the NHS ceremony themselves, with four student officers overseeing the program. Each officer describes a major attribute of NHS membership and introduces approximately one-fourth of the new inductees.

"It's a really wonderful ceremony, and the kids do such a great job," says Eckard.

The NHS student officers for the 1998-1999 school year who will conduct the ceremony are President Vicky Albright, Vice President David Lubitz, Secretary Ashly Ebeling and Treasurer Bill Dahl.

Parenting class offered

Mount Airy Elementary will be holding this fall's parenting class offered through Carroll County's alternative community education program.

This course is designed to help adults find guidance for difficult moments in child rearing. Simple techniques will be offered for children from toddlers to teens.

The class will meet from 6: 30 p.m. to 9 p.m. five consecutive Mondays, beginning next week, and will be held in the music room at Mount Airy Elementary. The cost is $25.

Mount Airy Elementary's Karen Sheridan, a special education instructor, and Ann Horner, a guidance counselor, will be the instructors for the course.

Information: Mount Airy Elementary, 301-829-1515.

Rainbows support program

For the fourth consecutive year, Calvary United Methodist Church will offer a 14-week Rainbows support program for children who have experienced death, divorce, separation or abandonment.

The program is held Monday evenings at the church, 403 S. Main St., Mount Airy. It is open at no cost to children from kindergarten through 12th grade.

Information: Eileen Starkey, 301-831-7808.

Donna Abel's Southwest Neighbors column appears each Friday in the Carroll County edition of The Sun.

Pub Date: 9/18/98

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