National Honor Society: The Helping Hands and Minds of Foran High School

The latest inductees of the Foran National Honors Society sitting during the ceremony. Each student had to complete the rigorous entrance process.

Corina Massey

Staff Writer

The National Honor Society is a nationwide chapter that focuses on leadership, scholarship, service, and character. As of January 3, 2019, the newest inductees joined the Foran chapter of the National Honor Society, expanding the group to 43 members.

The application process can be rigorous. Students must have at least a weighted cumulative GPA average of 4.25. Students are then invited and responsible to fill out an application highlighting their characteristics of leadership, scholarship, service, and character. There is then a council who makes the final decisions.

Students are often filled with emotions once selected. Junior Vaishnavi Bulusu describes, “I was really happy and proud of not only myself, but everyone who has worked so hard to achieve their goals.”

National Honor Society is led by Mrs. Bethany Gilman. Gilman states, “The best part of being the adviser is getting to know better students at Foran and helping others in the Foran community. We try to give back to the students, teachers and staff to show our appreciation and love of the school.”

Each new inductee was welcomed with a speech from an individual of their choice. Junior, John Shannon smiles as his uncle Dave Esposito speaks in his honor.

Members take part in organizing many activities throughout the course of the year. During the year the group has worked on making a small garden around the sign coming into Foran and raising money through caroling. Senior treasurer, Tessa Malesky, claims, “My favorite experience has been caroling because it was a fun way to get everyone into the holiday spirit, and we were able to donate all of the money to the Bethel Shelter.”

On a daily basis, National Honors Society offers tutoring to any student looking for additional help that cannot be found in the classroom, literacy, and numeracy. Vice President, Hannah Turner notes, “My favorite experience from NHS has been tutoring my peers in Spanish. I was really proud when I was able to help someone else succeed in their class.” If students are in need of extra help a tutor can be arrange in any subject.

Currently, National Honor Society iis working on the badminton tournament on March 4th. With the help of Key Club and the Physical Education department, they will be raising money for the Walker Scholarship Fund, which is a yearly scholarship given to a Foran graduate in honor of Ken Walker, a PE teacher who passed away suddenly in 2012. Students are invited to sign up for the event during their lunch wave, this week. The prices are 10 dollars per team or 5 dollars per player.

Advisor Mrs. Gilman gives opening remarks for induction ceremony on January 3, 2019.

In the spring, National Honor Society is looking to hold a trivia bowl and sponsor some stress relieving activities during AP testing. However it is important to note the details are not finalized for these two events.

Gilman believes that NHS has beneficial outcomes for all students.She advises students, “Not only is it beneficial to include on college applications but it also offers students the opportunity to give back. Any way that students can be a more integral part of their school and community is important. It shows that you care about your future, the success of the school and the Milford community at large.”

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