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TTU K-12's High School Registers National Honor Society Chapter

By Leslie Cranford, Marketing Relations Coordinator

Texas Tech High School, part of TTU K-12, has officially registered its own chapter of National Honor Society (NHS). NHS is the nation's oldest and best-known student recognition program, founded in 1921 by the National Association of Secondary School Principals.

Cari Moye, principal of Texas Tech High school, says the administration is really excited about the opportunities NHS can provide their students.

"NHS creates enthusiasm for scholarship, service opportunities, promotes leadership and develops character in its members," Moye said. "In addition, we feel our NHS chapter will create a sense of connection and community among our students, both stateside and those living abroad. As we prepare future leaders for global citizenship, we believe this will be a richly rewarding experience for all of the Raiderland NHS members."

School administrators sent invitations to eligible students in early October. Invitations for international students are going out soon.

To be eligible for membership consideration, students must have a cumulative grade point average of 3.7 on a 4.0 scale. Additionally, candidates must meet high standards of service, leadership and character. Interested students can find the guidelines and interest form for the Raiderland Chapter here.

Jim Taliaferro, TTU K-12 superintendent, is honored for the high school to be recognized in such a historically respected organization.

"Since its establishment in 1921, the National Honor Society has been one of the most prestigious academic societies for high school students in our nation," he said. "We are thrilled to offer this opportunity to the students of TTU K-12. It is our desire that being a part of our chapter will not only prepare members for college and career but for all of life."

During the selection process, the leadership requirement is observed in the student's participation and leadership in events outside of school. To meet the service requirement, students must have volunteered in some capacity within the past year. Character is measured in terms of integrity, behavior, ethics and cooperation. The students are required to submit three personal reference letters from sources outside of their immediate family, who can speak to the student's leadership, service and character.

Students are also required to submit an essay. This year's essay starter sentence was, "As NHS prepares future leaders for global citizenship, I believe I will be a valuable member because I exhibit the qualities of academic excellence, leadership, service and character in that I . . ."

Each student's information is reviewed by a faculty council consisting of five faculty members who are appointed by the principal.

As members of NHS, students will participate in a virtual induction ceremony and attend virtual chapter meetings. All members will engage in individual and chapter service projects, while some may choose to run for office, and some may attend the national leadership conference.

"We look forward to working alongside the National Honor Society to instill in students a desire for academic achievement as well as excellence in leadership, character and service," Taliaferro said.

About TTU K-12

TTU K-12 is an accredited school promoting student success – anytime, anywhere – using innovative online technologies, rigorous and reputable curriculum, excellent state-certified teacher instruction and quality customer service. The distance and online school is accredited by the Texas Education Agency (TEA); the high school courses are approved by the National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA). The elementary, middle and high school options meet the same standards as traditional brick-and-mortar schools, but have no physical location or limitations. Upon graduation, students receive a Texas high school diploma.

Brenda Shupe and Cari Moye display a National Honor Society frame together.
Brenda Shupe, senior academic advisor (left), and Cari Moye, Texas Tech High School principal, display the official acknowledgement of the school's NHS chapter.