National Honor Society chapter now at LCA

Posted on 12. Nov, 2017 by in Christian education, college prep west side LA, LCA News, Santa Monica

service-projects-feeding-veteransBy Alexis Lyons, LCA junior –

The Lighthouse Christian Academy launched a National Honor Society chapter and started with a day of service on Veteran’s Day.

Students helped prepare and deliver meals to homeless vets and other homeless in Santa Monica.

The National Honor Society is a national organization that recognizes outstanding high school students. NHS is different than honor roll, as it’s goal is to recognize students who have demonstrated excellence beyond academics, such as service, leadership and character. These characteristics have been associated with membership in the organization since its beginning in 1921.

lighthouse-christian-academy-santa-monicaLCA’s chapter will attend monthly meetings and organize regular service projects as well as attend academic workshops and visit prospective college campuses. LCA has a rich history of Christian education on the West side of Los Angeles, but this is the first time that it has opened a NHS chapter.

The minimum GPA students have to have is a 3.0, and being a member of The National Honor Society looks good on your college resume and opens up scholarship opportunities. They do volunteer activities.

“In order to attend a college you must exhibit diversity in academics and extracurricular activities,” said Justin Berry, a junior at the West side college preparatory. “The Honors Society provides you with an array of different activities you can do to make the world a better place. Colleges look for leaders in the world that can improve the world. I usually don’t have the time or guidance to help me choose what charities I would like to participate in, but the NHS gave me an outlet to better help the community and it also looks good on my college applications.”

national-honor-societyOn Nov. 10, LCA NHS students went on their first volunteer project with http://feedlacounty.org. They passed out meals for the homeless veterans and homeless in Santa Monica parks and along the beach.

We passed out 50 meals and it felt good to see smiles on the homeless people’s faces and know they really appreciate it. We drove to Pasadena to prepare meals and it was also a great bonding time for the students.

The NHS program at LCA was organized by Delores Hively, who is serving as the NHS advisor.

college-preparatory-west-side-los-angeles“My hope is to help expose students to a variety community service projects and help them find joy and build self-esteem through the act of giving back to others,” Delores said. “I hope they find something they might be passionate about and continue to volunteer for the rest of their lives. I also want to help them learn about scholarship and financial aid opportunities so they don’t limit their dreams thinking they can not afford college.”

NHS is planning their next volunteer activity in December which will be a visit to a college campus.

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