Members of Rock Port R-II National Honor Society take a picture of the wreaths they decorated for the residents of Pleasant View Nursing Home. Back row, left to right, Brock Martin, Ashley Cue, Ally Demott, Kaycee Davis, Dalton Brake, Zach Clauson, Ryan Dewhirst and Ayden Wilroy. Front row, left to right, Mystie Robinson, Catyn Chamberlain, Josie Watkins, Katie Lininger, and Riley Vogler. The Rock Port Chapter of NHS is sponsored by Mrs. Jackie Miller and Mrs. Megan Bebb.
Submitted by Megan Bebb
Although required to complete a minimum of ten service hours each semester, many National Honor Society members chose to perform service hours beyond that for the first semester of the 2017-2018 school year. Seventeen members performed approximately 220 service hours for the school and community during first semester. Projects included performing various services in church, musically entertaining residents at the nursing home, painting props used in auxiliary competitions, helping out teachers with organizing and copying, volunteering at basketball and volleyball clinics and tournaments, coaching basketball and flag football teams, performing the national anthem before sporting and community events, tutoring their peers, volunteering at community events such as the CB&T Halloween Parade and the Beta Gals’ Santa workshop, and cleaning up after Old-Fashioned Saturday Night.
In addition to the service hours, students were required to reflect on their experiences. Many members felt that they were able to become involved with an activity or group that they wouldn’t have ordinarily been involved with. It is always nice to see students realize they are benefiting from the service experience as much as, if not more than, those they are performing the services for.
Students in NHS must show good service, character, and leadership to others. Through their service in the school and community, students continually challenge themselves to be better. We see this carry on through adulthood and in their abilities to become productive members of society. These kids give the organization as much as they can, even though they are all involved in other activities, lead busy lives, and continually strive to achieve perfection academically.