By: Annalys Gonzalez The National Honors Society is like a community in most schools that all students strive to be accepted into. In the beginning of the school year, NHS sends request letters for student to join this prestigious club. The students that receive these letters are students that meet the requirements that this club demands, which are based on GPA and the four pillars of NHS: Scholarship, Service, Leadership and Character. Receiving a letter does not mean that the student ss automatically in the club. To prove themselves worthy, students that qualify must write an essay that proves that they meet these four pillars and that the club would benefit by having them in. Once students are accepted, they are required to also turn in 30 community service hours from the following year. The process of acceptance can take at least a month, but students will have their answer before the induction date, which this year will be on November 13th. Previous members of NHS have already had their first meeting, which took place on August 27th in the school cafeteria. The main priority for NHS is the seniors and juniors. Since they are closer to graduating, they require more attention, with things like service hours and having proper documentation from the club to put on things like resumes or college applications. Juniors and seniors are the only ones that must pay dues for the club; juniors pay $25 and seniors pay $50. Dues cover things like the special scroll that NHS members receive when graduating. NHS has a membership point system in which students must accumulate 26 points over the course of the school year to maintain membership in the club. It is very important for current member of NHS to keep up with their points. If they are short of points by the end of the year, then they will be kicked of out the club. The easiest way to receive points is by attending all meetings. If there is a total of 8 meeting and members attend every single one, then that already accumulates to 16 points. Meetings usually last only 30 minutes, so points from attending meetings are relatively easier to gain. The reason why NHS has meetings is to make sure students are keeping up with their class work, maintaining their GPA, and doing all the work that their assigned group needs. All members of NHS are divided into groups and each serves a different purpose throughout the year. The purpose of the schedule is so that students can keep track of their points throughout the year and plan to earn their points. The service projects that are listed for November and December include Feeding Tampa Bay and Sherriff Youth Ranch Tampa Bay Clean Up. The teacher in charge of NHS activities at Alonso High School is Ms. Sheridan. She can be found in room 428. If she is busy, as any great club sponsor would be, Mr. Cunningham can also answer any question that students may have about the club. NHS is a very prestigious club that portray academics and leadership of all its member and all of those who desire to be in it. Now is the time to get involved!