100 Years of National Honors Society

The National Honors Society is celebrating its centennial birthday this year and has inspired students over these last 100 years to strive for academic excellence and community-based skills. Here at LCC, the chapter has been growing and thriving, along with each and every student.

English teacher and NHS advisor Mr. Martin has been a key feature for this program on the LCC campus. For students and parents wanting to learn about the NHS, Martin gives a great description of the club.

“The National Honors Society seeks out students who have attained academic excellence, but also want to better our community. The heart of the NHS should always be about students getting together and asking how they can legitimately improve the community,” said Martin.

The requirements to join NHS are specific; each applicant has to submit transcripts including a minimum GPA of 3.5, resumes, and essays. All of these items are reviewed by a panel of staff members, but Martin explains why this process is so specific and serious.

“The application sounds intense, but we just want to make sure students are getting involved because they are seeking personal and community excellence, as opposed to a ‘gold star’ on their college apps,” said Martin.

As for the various experiences in the NHS, members not only achieve academic growth, but they learn to be selfless members and leaders of the community. Martin named a few of the seniors who have grown and prospered into true leaders, including Grant Lumkong, Mateo Lopez, Anjali Chaparala, and Noah Simon.

Senior Anjali Chaparala has taken on the role of Secretary in the National Honors Society. She is a proud member and notes the impact of how this program sets college applicants apart from the rest.

“In terms of academics, being a part of the National Honor Society is another way to show colleges your commitment and dedication as a student through leadership and taking the initiative to participate in opportunities that benefit others,” said Chaparala.

The philanthropic side of the NHS is important to Chaparala, as she describes some of the projects she and the other members have accomplished over the years, even during the pandemic.

“This year we were able to provide our members with the opportunity to participate in a food drive for Feeding San Diego where we were able to gather over 1000 pounds of food from donations,” said Chaparala.

Even with the challenges of the last year, our NHS chapter has been able to weave their way through as a team and come up with creative ways to benefit the community, which is exactly one of the core purposes of this organization. Students of the LCC National Honors Society are flourishing with incredible academic prosperity and selfless community service skills that make them well-rounded individuals. We are immensely proud of our school’s members and cannot wait to see all the knowledge and philanthropy that they bring wherever they go.

Written by Ally Berman