Article by Emily Dowling, CJH NJHS Public Relations Officer
The National Junior Honor society values a school’s commitment to these five pillars: leadership, scholarship, service, character, and citizenship. Our own 2020-2021 chapter of NJHS at C.J. Hooker Middle School has worked steadily and diligently through this eventful and strenuous year to uphold these values.
We have taken steps to put the pillars into action with our leadership projects. Each of our members exhibits exactly why they are a part of our chapter. The leadership project entails multiple groups each working on an inspired endeavor to give back to our Goshen community…and beyond!
This group of Goshen Middle School go-getters was involved with quite a variety of activities including (but certainly not limited to) picking up litter about town, donating time and resources to benefit such organizations as food pantries, the Goshen Humane Society, and local hospitals, and tutoring Goshen Intermediate School students who were struggling academically.
One group has shown specifically that they have outstanding leadership qualities. This group of exceptional 8th graders includes Anna Pavlidis, Emma Rodriguez, Rylee Ferrara, and the president of this year’s chapter, Morgan Taylor. They were joined in that effort with other groups who decided to raise funds for the same organization.
These students have focused their efforts on raising money and awareness for animals in shelters by creating flyers to share their cause on the internet. They have designed their own non-profit donation system by accepting donations and giving it directly to the Goshen Humane Society.
Though this past year has been a struggle for all of us, our NJHS chapter has taken extra steps to uphold the core values of the National Junior Honor Society. The challenges of this year and these activities fortify our commitment to excellence in and out of the classroom.