By Amelia August
A small group of people have no idea how big of an impact they are making for a group of children that live over a thousand miles away. These kids are orphans in Honduras, and they now have Christmas gifts every year thanks to the National Honors Society of the St. Petersburg Collegiate High School in St. Petersburg, Florida. This club strives to help the community around them, but they are expanding their helping hands by going the extra mile for kids who have nothing.
Julianne Goodall, a 16 year old at SPC, says that NHS has impacted her as a person because she has been able to give back to her community. Goodall explains the project that has become a tradition. It all began after a student who was part of the club went to Honduras to volunteer at an orphanage. After she came back, she wanted to do something for the kids for Christmas and set up this program.
Olivia Studstrup, another student in the National Honors Society at St. Petersburg College, has been volunteering all her life. She says, “I really love volunteering; my mom got me into it at a young age.” Studstrup credits her parents for pushing her to achieve academically, which allowed her to make it into NHS. “Now I am able to volunteer and make good grades at the same time!” Studstrup said. According to Studstrup, the project allows her to keep up with her school work and help other people as well; “All in all, it’s a win-win!” she stated.
According to The National Honors Society’s official website, the organization was established in 1971 by the National Association of Secondary Principals (NASSP). Dr. Edward Rynearson, the principal of the Fifth Avenue High School in Pittsburgh, lead the group during this time, and since then, it has grown into one of the country’s leading educational groups.
Scholarship, leadership, service, and character are the areas the club focuses on. The National Honors Society has helped students give back to their community for over 40 years in many different ways, from charity walks, to beach clean-ups, car washes, and fundraisers.