FA National Honor Society Members Go Beyond Academics


Scholarship. Service. Leadership. Character. At FA Collegiate, members of The National Honor Society are living those NHS pillars by speaking out, and reaching out, to support their community.

Every NHS member is a focused, and high-achieving scholar. Members must have a grade point average of at least 3.6 on a 4.0 scale to be eligible for membership. But they don’t stop there.

“Service is a really big part of NHS,” said Senior Hobbes Chukumba – service to Trenton and to their classmates.

This year, NHS members are working with the Trenton Area Soup Kitchen to distribute about 100 meals every week to members of the FA community. Scholars in need are able to sign-up to receive a meal once a week – no questions asked. If any meals are not claimed, NHS puts them in the school lobby for scholars to take home. 

NHS members also opened a Resource Room with items such as fidget toys, food, school supplies, and clothes (business wear) for scholars to take whenever they need. 

They help provide academic support for scholars at risk of failing, matching them with scholars for tutoring and then checking on their progress.

Earlier this year, NHS members partnered with the American Red Cross on a campus blood drive, encouraging scholars, families and teachers to donate. The drive was especially important because it attracted Black and Brown donors – who are more likely to be compatible donors for patients with sickle cell disease.

In September, NHS members addressed the Trenton City Council, urging council members to improve the community by focusing more on education, expanding community activities, and keeping neighborhoods clean.

In a presentation titled  ”What Trenton Needs”, members highlighted city challenges and identified concrete steps Council should take to address them.

And they are the planners and hosts of awards ceremonies recognizing their peers for achievements in academics, perseverance and service to the FA community.

“We want to think about the long-term,” said NHS President Jedidah Worrell, a senior who has been accepted at Princeton University. “We are establishing a strong foundation – and a legacy.”

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Michelle Ruess