NHS officers gear up for new year

First NHS meeting addresses changes made


Mara Zapata

Senior public relations officer Savannah Kjaer speaks at the first NHS meeting Sept. 13

Marta Hill and Isabel Kjaer

National Honors Society (NHS) is getting ready for another year with new officers and aspects, according to NHS Officer senior Ella Trotter.

“We’re going to try to really look for different opportunities (for NHS members)” Trotter said.

Trotter said NHS is a national assembly of involved students that aims to help develop key attributes in members. Trotter said Park is specifically focusing on service, meaning each student must volunteer for a number of hours.

Trotter said she is looking forward to guiding students as they find out their favorite way to strengthen the city by volunteering.

“I wanted other people to find (a volunteer activity) that interested them and that wasn’t just hours they had to get done,” Trotter said.

Advisor Jillian Merkle said she hopes changes to the program this year will help student find a volunteering opportunity that they connect with.

“The big thing is having students find volunteering services that they are really excited about,” Merkle said.

Junior Caroline Garland said she is looking forward to being able to give back to her community, while also joining a new group of hardworking students.

“It will be a beneficial group to be in academics wise because it gives you motivation to keep doing well in school, but also because you could make new friends and overall just try to be a productive member of society,” Garland said.

Merkle said she has stayed as the advisor for NHS because it allows her get to know more students and because working with NHS mem

bers is a delight.

“I work with ninth graders all day which I love but I also never really get to see this part of the school in some ways,” Merkle said.

The next NHS meeting is at 7:30 a.m. on Oct. 11 in room C350.