National Honor Society
Ms. Laura Pochintesta and Dr. Dusan Nesic /Co-Chairs
National Honor Society, Fukuzawa Chapter
The National Honor Society (NHS) was founded in 1921. It is an organization designed to recognize students who exhibit exceptional ability. It is more than an honor roll; it recognizes students who evince qualities in four distinct areas: scholarship, leadership, service and character.
The Fukuzawa Chapter of the NHS serves to acknowledge the best and the brightest students at Keio Academy of New York. Each year, the NHS selection committee selects applicants who meet the criteria set forth in the NHS charter. A process then begins where nominated students must apply for membership. These students must maintain an exemplary grade point average (GPA), submit an application where they must reflect on their accomplishments both inside the classroom and outside of the classroom, and finally they must seek recommendation from several members of the faculty.
Once admitted into the Fukuzawa Chapter of the National Honor Society, the students participate in a formal ceremony held during a long homeroom period. The existing members welcome the new members, and the Headmaster delivers a speech to the newly selected members, speaking to them of the responsibility and the honor that accompanies being a member of the NHS.
In recent years, the Fukuzawa Chapter of the NHS has contributed to campus life for the students at Keio Academy of New York, and they have demonstrated their commitment to community service by assisting those outside of Keio Academy of New York. The NHS has sponsored dances at Keio Academy, they have volunteered their time at a local clothing organization to provide clothing for less fortunate members of the area, and they have participated in a mini-marathon to raise money for both the victims of the Boston Marathon bombing and the Friends of Manzanar, a museum designed to educate people about the Japanese Internment Camps.