State Summits

Higher Ambitions Toward Higher Education: NHS and NJHS Lead the Way

This academic year, the National Honor Society (NHS) and the National Junior Honor Society (NJHS) embarked on an aggressive goal: To support and increase college access and success for its members—and secondary students in general. The goal targets a White House initiative rooted in a profound statistic.

In a June 2014 Education Week article, First Lady Michelle Obama, an NHS alumna herself, wrote, “A generation ago, America had the highest percentage of college graduates in the world. But today, we’ve dropped all the way to 12th in terms of young adults.” (more…)

National Honor Societies Officially Launch New Initiatives

“Our world faces too many challenges—and those challenges require every bit of potential our students possess to be developed and unleashed. NASSP recognizes that need and aims to help fulfill it.” With those words, Michael E. Allison, president of the National Association of Secondary School Principals (NASSP), framed NASSP’s October 1 event announcing new programs and services from the National Honor Society (NHS) and National Junior Honor Society (NJHS).

Several guest speakers offered some perspective, including a representative of Get Schooled, an education nonprofit that recently asked students to name their top concerns. The responses are profound. More than three-quarters of students say that “education” and “paying for college” are, by far, their biggest concerns. Meanwhile, half of the respondents cite “jobs” and “the economy” as chief issues facing their generation.

These substantial statistics give credence to what’s behind the new NHS and NJHS programs and services. NASSP is the parent organization of NHS and NJHS. (more…)