National Junior Honor Society, already in place at two middle schools, will expand this fall so that all middle schools in Burnsville-Eagan-Savage School District 191 will offer the program for high-achieving students.
NJHS recognizes outstanding middle school students who have demonstrated excellence in scholarship, leadership, service, citizenship and character. It also challenges them to develop further through involvement in school activities and community service (15 to 20 hours per student during a school year).
“The National Junior Honor Society is an amazing opportunity to find out what you are capable of doing as a student,” said Amber Kausel, a student at Metcalf Middle School.
Burnsville High School has had National Honor Society (NHS) for many decades. NJHS began at Eagle Ridge Middle School two years ago with advisor Kevin Sayers and at Metcalf Middle School with advisor Greta Krupke last year. For the coming school year, Nicollet Middle School will also have it.
“NJHS is so aligned with our district’s focus on students being future ready and community strong,” said Superintendent Cindy Amoroso. “It’s great that we will now have this organization to benefit all of our middle school students.”
Students are involved in community service through NJHS. For example, the Eagle Ridge Middle School collected 275 pounds of food and 1,793 pairs of socks for those in need. "NJHS has provided me with an opportunity to use my leadership skills to provide service to our community, an area in my life in which I am very passionate about,” said Shrey Pothini, a student at Eagle Ridge.
“I personally wanted to join NJHS because I wanted to make a difference in my community and school,” said Martha Wondimu, a student at Metcalf Middle School. “I enjoy taking leadership roles and I felt by joining NJHS, I would become someone with more qualities that can make the community a better place.”
Another Metcalf student, Lillian Ofstad commented, “I feel very proud of myself to be accepted into this program that will hopefully help me to build up the skills I need to become successful not only in school but in my life.”
A formal induction ceremony for new members takes place each spring to celebrate the students’ academic achievements.