The Broadalbin-Perth High School chapter of the National Honor Society (NHS) operates under the principles of the national organization, recognizing students for excelling in the areas of scholarship, service, leadership and character.
The local chapter strives to fulfill its commitment to these qualities, with club activities focused on serving the needs of the greater school community. Among the annual events the chapter hosts are two American Red Cross blood drives (fall and spring), a movie day and activities with students at The Learning Community, and a Teacher Appreciation Day luncheon. The student members also volunteer with the Fulton-Montgomery Home Show and Craft Fair, as well as Habitat for Humanity, and they work with other school clubs to help raise money for charitable causes and organizations.
To be eligible for membership, a student must have a 90 percent grade point average at BPHS by the end of his or her sophomore year. Nomination letters are typically sent home to qualifying students the summer before they enter 11th grade. Students must meet service requirements (eight hours) and submit completed applications by the deadline in October. Applications are then evaluated against the national standards by a council of five BPHS teachers.
Those who do not meet the qualifications or who are not selected by the committee for membership in NHS have another chance to qualify as 11th-graders and be inducted as seniors.
The formal induction ceremony in November serves as a celebration and showcase of the BPHS chapter, with current members “tapping” the new members and welcoming them into NHS.
Chapter members meet monthly — or more often if needed — and the organization operates with the same rules as a non-profit. Nominations are made from the floor for the executive committee, and the president, vice president, secretary and treasurer are then elected by chapter members.
In addition to promoting the four pillars of scholarship, character, leadership and service, NHS opens up networking opportunities to students, instills in them the importance of continued community service, and serves as an exemplary entry on college applications.