National Junior Honor Society at OSL | Our Savior Lutheran School

National Junior Honor Society at OSL

At OSL, we take pride in our students’ hard work and dedication to educational excellence. We applaud and honor those students who achieve excellence in education in a number of ways, including by leading a branch of the National Junior Honor Society, and assisting those students who meet the high educational standards of the NJHS in joining and participating in this fine national organization.

The motto of the National Junior Honor Society is “Light is the symbol of truth.” John 8:12 says, “When Jesus spoke again to the people, he said, ‘I am the light of the world. Whoever follows me will never walk in darkness, but will have the light of life.’” OSL’s chapter of the NJHS strives to bring the light of Jesus to all whom they encounter.

     Each year, students who have been selected by the faculty of our school for successfully completing their candidacy for the NJHS are inducted into the OSL chapter. In order to be considered for candidacy in the OSL chapter of the NHJS, students must demonstrate the five qualities that serve as standards for the Society. These standards are Scholarship, Service, Leadership, Character, and Citizenship.

     Scholarship denotes a commitment to learning. A student shows commitment to learning by being willing to spend hours in reading and study, and acknowledging the lasting benefits of a quality education. The NJHS members firmly believe that learning should be a lifelong endeavor, that continues long after formal education has ceased.

     Service is the willingness to work for the benefit of those in need, without monetary compensation or public recognition. The NJHS members strive to establish service as a pillar of their daily routines, and to help wherever the opportunity arises, both at school and in the community, in order to created a better tomorrow.

     Leadership is the dedication and commitment to being a wholesome influence on OSL and its’ students. NJHS members endeavor to take initiative in the classroom and in school activities, to assist others in achieving their common goals of success, and to sacrifice their own personal goals in the interest of the shared common goals. NJHS members know that leadership is always needed, for no matter what power and resources may exist in a school, community, or nation, they are ineffectual without the guidance of a wise leader.

     Character is the force within an individual that distinguishes each person from another. It creates for each of us our individuality and allows us each to establish self-respect as we choose daily to make admirable choices that demonstrate qualities such as respect, responsibility, trustworthiness, fairness, and caring.

     Citizenship is the obligation of each member of the NJHS to uphold the democratic ideals handed down by the founders of our country. The responsibilities each of us has to our home community, our state, our nation, and our world are many. As good citizens, members of the NJHS strive to live up to the laws and guidelines which unite us all as a civilized society. The NJHS members work together to improve the lives of their fellow citizens, to remain strong and vigilant in protecting the freedoms and rights granted to us, and to preventing injustices.

     When the new members of OSL’s chapter of the National Junior Honor Society are inducted, they pledge to uphold these five admirable standards. Nomination and acceptance into the NJHS are high honors, and we are proud of all of our current and former NJHS members. Once inducted, members uphold the standards of the NJHS in a number of ways, including service projects at OSL. Students work on projects such as set-up and clean-up of the School Picnic and Quiz Night, as well as being of service within their individual communities by volunteering to do yard work or babysitting for a neighbor, volunteering at church, tutoring younger students, and serving at local food banks and animal shelters. Members also help in times of state or national crisis, gathering supplies for victims of natural disasters and sending encouragement and aid to those in need.

Our Savior’s Faculty and Staff are proud of the OSL chapter of the National Junior Honor Society, and of the diligence and respectability shown by its’ members. As a school community, we will continue to encourage and applaud the NJHS members as they spread the light of Jesus’ love to those around them.