After doing some research on the National Honor Society, I learned that one must demonstrate the qualities of scholarship, leadership, character, and service in order to be considered for membership into the National Honor Society. Therefore, by showing that I possess each of these four qualities, I can contribute to the Saints John Neumann and Maria Goretti Catholic High School community as a member of the National Honor Society.

As a candidate for membership into the National Honor Society, I already possess the quality of scholarship. I have received First Honors every quarter since 1st grade, and I earned an average of 95.5 or greater each year. I maintain my high average in school while working two days a week, attending cheerleading practice two days a week, and participating in other activities. Also, I have been taking all honors courses while in high school, and this year I have elected to take two AP courses. While an elementary student at Epiphany of Our Lord School, I participated in the Academic Challenge in 7th and 8th grade, and in the Mathletes Competition in 8th grade. Both of these competitions were held at St. Maria Goretti High School. Our team placed first in the Academic Challenge both years, and second in the Mathletes competition, in which I also placed third individually. I was also the recipient of the Dr. Mary Longo Papola Women in Science Award, the Sullivan Scholarship, the President’s Award, the William F. Keller General Excellence Award, and many other academic achievements while in elementary school. During my freshman and sophomore years at Goretti, I was a member of the JV Mathletes team, which placed first both years. As a junior, I am now a member of the Varsity Mathletes team and look forward to hopefully another winning year.

The quality of leadership is also very important for a member of the National Honor Society to possess. During elementary school, I was elected to serve on the student council for multiple years. In 7th grade, I was chosen to participate in a leadership program at Merion Mercy Academy. At this program, I worked with girls who possessed similar leadership qualities, and I learned more about what it is to be a good leader. In 8th grade, I was one of three captains of the Epiphany Cheerleading Squad. This was a very important leadership position in that it was our job to lead and guide the team, and we were in charge of leading the squad at games and competitions. This leadership position taught me first hand what makes a good leader. For my three years in high school, I was chosen to be the Activities Representative for my homeroom. This is not only a leadership role, but also a responsibility, in that it is my job to pick up the homeroom folder everyday, and to make sure my classmates are aware of important information. This summer, Father Pidgeon, Pastor of Epiphany Parish, selected me as one of four board members of the new Parish Youth Committee. I was placed in charge of organizing an after-school program in which high school parishioners will visit senior citizens in a nursing home at various times throughout the year. Currently, I am in the process of creating and implementing this program.

With regard to service, I have always enjoyed giving of my time to help others. I volunteered numerous times at Epiphany School. Whether it was helping my mother in the school kitchen or assisting at school functions, I always helped out when needed. In high school, I offered my time during freshman and sophomore years to decorate for Spirit Week and the Soph Hop. I also participate in clubs such as the Ambassador’s Club and CSC. Additionally, I currently tutor elementary school students who have problems with mathematics. This past year, I tutored a 2nd grader who showed great improvement in the areas that I helped her with. As I mentioned previously, I am a part of the Parish Youth Committee at Epiphany Parish, whose main goal is to better serve the people of my parish.

I believe that the qualities of scholarship, leadership, and service all tie in together to show that I possess sufficient character to be a part of the National Honor Society. As described above, I am a hard working individual who is not afraid to take on a leadership role, and do so effectively and efficiently. I am a selfless person, always ready and willing to lend a hand when needed. I also like to challenge myself to take on the most difficult classes and to do well in them, while staying well rounded through my involvement in other activities. Such character is necessary in order to be a member of the National Honor Society.

In conclusion, I feel that possessing the qualities of scholarship, leadership, character, and service show that I can contribute to the Saints John Neumann and Maria Goretti High School community as a member of the National Honor Society. I will continue to uphold these qualities as a member of the National Honor Society while, in turn, using these qualities to contribute to the growth of Saints John Neumann and Maria Goretti High School. I will be a leader whenever I can, I will be active in the school community, and I will strive to make a difference each and every day. Whether tutoring a student, volunteering at school functions, participating in school activities, or simply being a model student, I will wear my National Honor Society ribbon with pride, and I will demonstrate the qualities of scholarship, leadership, character and service at all times. This, indeed, will make Saints John Neumann and Maria Goretti High School a better place.

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