By Mike Douglas Marion School District
Being inducted into the National Junior Honor Society means you are a pretty smart student. Being in the NJHS at Marion Junior High School also means you are going to do more than go to club meetings. The scholars at MJHS not only keep busy with their school work, they also keep busy numerous projects throughout the school year. Faculty sponsors Amy Shumate and Jenny West make sure NJHS members participate in the projects including fundraisers, recycling, Box Tops for Education, donations for holiday baskets, and volunteering to help with Avondale Elementary School’s annual field day among other activities. Their latest project focused on a health issue and the students were tasked to educate their fellow students about the issue. Their efforts pay annual dividends during Go Red for Women’s Heart Health Day and a photo of the event has garnered the first page of the school’s annual for the past several years. “We have the members educate our other students about the program,” said Shumate, not only letting people know that the impact of the devastating health issue but encouraging students to wear red on that day. “We average over 250 kids in the picture every year,” Shumate said. This year’s effort resulted in the brought the usual results with over 250 junior high students showing their support for Go Red day. Requirements eighth-grade students must meet to be considered for membership in the NJHS are to have only have only A’s and B’s as semester grades, have satisfactory conduct grades/demonstrate positive citizenship, must be presently enrolled in at least two honors or pre-advanced placement courses, be pre-registered for at least two 9th grade honors or pre-advanced placement courses and demonstrate strong character in classroom and school environment. In all, NJHS members perform over 1,500 hours of community service each year.