Since its beginning in 1921, National Honor Society (NHS) has served to recognize students who have demonstrated excellence in the areas of scholarship, leadership, service and character. The four main purposes have guided chapters of NHS from the beginning: to create enthusiasm for scholarship; to stimulate a desire to render service; to promote leadership; and to develop character in the students of secondary schools. These purposes also translate into the criteria used for membership selection in each local chapter.
During the 2016 Spencer High School NHS Induction Ceremony held on October 30, 53 students were recognized for their selection into the local chapter. Those students, coupled with the 35 members inducted last year, will provide lots of hands to carry out the purpose and functions of the local chapter.
This year marks the 4th Annual NHS Fall Blood Drive. The students, along with the help of their NHS sponsor, Rochelle Achenbach, organize the blood drive as a way of making a difference in the lives of those in need. Achenbach noted that there are typically between 20 and 30 first time donors each year.
Another opportunity that the students are organizing is a first-time event, The Dog Gone 5K. SHS senior, Emma Fratzke, took the initiative to bring the event to fruition. Fratzke noted, “The dog walk was first suggested to me by the girl’s cross country team. They thought of it, and then I took charge of it and brought it to NHS.” With the support of fellow NHS seniors, Fratzke believes the 5K will be an event that they can do together, and it is also something the entire community will enjoy too. “I mean, who doesn’t love dogs?” Fratzke added. The event will benefit People for Pets, and Fratzke is hopeful that they will raise money for the well-known organization and possibly help some animals to find their forever homes.
Though the idea was first initiated by the cross country team, Fratzke said that all walkers and joggers are welcome, especially four legged participants! The Dog Gone 5K is scheduled for Saturday, November 5th at 10:00 a.m., with a rain date of November 6th at 2:00 p.m. The race will start at the SHS baseball field along 10th Avenue East and travel through East Leech Park. The entry fee will be a free-will donation, and to round out the fun, there will be t-shirts for sale as well as a bake sale.
In addition to the events listed, NHS students complete other projects throughout the year in partnership with many organizations in need throughout Northwest Iowa. These students demonstrate great character as they work together to serve and make a difference.