On Wednesday afternoon, Dec. 9, the Fowler High School chapter of the National Honor Society welcomed Teyah Schiffer, Sierra McCanless, Kassidy Lotrich, Jayde Hagerman, Jessica Benesch, Brennan Bates and Emily Aragon. Those students will join current members Jay Hardy, Brianna Hobby and Amanda Williams.

On Wednesday afternoon, Dec. 9, the Fowler High School chapter of the National Honor Society welcomed Teyah Schiffer, Sierra McCanless, Kassidy Lotrich, Jayde Hagerman, Jessica Benesch, Brennan Bates and Emily Aragon. Those students will join current members Jay Hardy, Brianna Hobby and Amanda Williams.

The National Honor Society (NHS) is the nation's premier organization established to recognize outstanding high school students. The NHS serves to honor those students who have demonstrated excellence in the areas of scholarship, leadership, service, and character. These characteristics have been associated with membership in the organization since its beginning in 1921.

Today, it is estimated that more than one million students participate in NHS activities. NHS chapters are found in all 50 states, the District of Columbia, Puerto Rico, many U.S. territories and Canada. Chapter membership not only recognizes students for their accomplishments, but challenges them to develop further through active involvement in school activities and community service. The National Association of Secondary School Principals (NASSP) officially established NHS in 1921. Though many local and regional honor societies existed prior to 1921, no nationwide organization had been founded.

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.