By Sean Harris ’11
It is nighttime on campus as students in Mass dress pour out of the chapel.
On this night, Feb. 2, the students were not at an evening Mass, they were inducted into the National Honors Society, an honor in the Brophy community.
There are 87 inductees this year, bringing the club total to around 200.
“We run the Blood Drive, man the STEP tutoring program,” said NHS moderator Mr. Fred Garner. “…In addition to work study we also provide on-campus help.”
NHS meets once in the beginning of the year, another meeting towards the middle of the year and at the end to hold elections.
“We don’t really have a need to meet as a society regularly,” Mr. Garner said. “At least the way we have things set up, because through e-mail it’s a much more efficient way of getting the word out.”
NHS inductees posses various skills, separated into four different pillars: service, leadership, scholarship and character.
“They have good grades,” Mr. Garner said. “…Their GPA has to be a 3.5 un-weighted or above. I don’t verify anything that’s weighted.”
These four pillars also mean that NHS members have taken on a leadership position at Brophy, they will put forth good service and they have good character.
“I frequently check in with the Dean’s office to make sure that guys have been living up to that standard,” Mr. Garner said.
There are many benefits to being a part of NHS, according to the moderator as well as the members.
“I believe that NHS is a very good program because colleges look at extracurricular activities and school clubs that you’re in, and NHS is pertaining to grades,” returning NHS member Paul Short ’11 said. “I think it’s very good to see that you joined a club that helps you motivate yourself to keep a better GPA.”
But it is not all about a college application.
“The main benefit of NHS is a vehicle to be able to serve,” Mr. Garner said. “Most of the guys that are in NHS are just happy to serve Brophy’s campus.”