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Maria Shares NHS Speech for April 14th


On April 10th Maria spoke to National Honor Society Members and inductees. This is what she said.


Good evening everyone. My name is Maria and I have been asked to speak about scholarship and service.


I’d like to first congratulate all the new inductees into NHS. This may not seem like a great milestone, but it is and it looks great on college application which actually connects to scholarship.


When most people think about scholarship, they think about getting straight A’s and receiving money for their accomplishments to go onto college. However, scholarship is not just about grades. To me, scholarship deals with people who are thinkers. They understand how to think things through and make decisions or answer problems through that.


In most cases, being a thinker pays off and is apparent through your grades. However, thinkers also do a great deal of service because they know and feel it is the right thing to do. They not only serve in the classroom by helping their teachers out and answering questions no one else wants to answer. They also serve in the outside world.


The founders of Feed My Starving Children and other charities were all thinkers. They realized there was a problem in the world that needed solving.


Now, when most people think about service they too think about the act of giving back in some way to their community or helping out others. This is the first thing I think of too. However, I don’t usually associate fun with service. Service does make you feel good, but you wouldn’t put it in the same category as playing a video game.


That’s why it is always good to be a scholar when you are serving. When you think about the ways you are serving and helping others out, when you think about the problems you are helping to solve, you will not only feel good about yourself, but you will also realize it is fun.


I remember when we went to Feed My Starving Children with NHS this year and I volunteered to help with transporting boxes and refilling food trays because no one else wanted to do it. I did not think it would be fun to do this, but as soon as we started, I realized that this would be a great way to burn calories. Now I love to play sports and so this type of physical activity is always fun to me. We had to run around the room picking up boxes and refilling bins. I was not only serving, but I was also having a fun time and getting a work out.


Your induction into NHS will help you begin to see service and scholarship in different ways. You will see how they not only connect with each other, but also how they connect with the other two important characteristics of an NHS member; leadership and character.


I always end everything with a quote because I don’t know how else to end it. And even though it took me longer to find this quote than to write this speech, I will still share it with you. As Anthony de Mello said “People mistakenly assume that their thinking is done by their head; it is actually done by the heart which first dictates the conclusion, then commands the head to provide the reasoning that will defend it.”


Thank you.


Please see the NHS Induction Program featuring comments by members on what virtue means to them.