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For membership into the South Effingham National Honor Society
 each nominee must complete an essay that states
what makes them a good candidate in the SEHS NHS.


Below are written essay samples
NOTE: These are SAMPLE essays, these are NOT to be copied!


                     NHS—Writing Sample #1   

The National Honor Society serves as a symbol of excellence to the student body of South Effingham High School.  As a hard-working, goal-oriented individual, I feel that being a member of the National Honor Society would greatly benefit my character and scholastic abilities.  After graduating from high school, I plan to attend the University of Georgia, and later Emory University to attain a degree in orthopedic surgery.  I would then like to establish my own practice.  As an orthopedic surgeon, I will work with the utmost care to help those who need my expertise.  The skills and confidence I could attain from the National Honor Society would prove to be extremely beneficial in the years to come.
     As a student, I strive for excellence in order to develop the necessary skills for pursuing a career in the medical field.  I commit myself fully to my schoolwork, and I feel that the results I have attained reflect that.  I currently have a 4.0 grade point average and am ranked second in the junior class.  Through my commitment, I have earned numerous prestigious awards and recognitions.
            Becoming a member of the National Honor Society would allow me to develop important leadership skills that would benefit me later in life.  I am involved in several extracurricular activities, and though I do not hold office in all of them, I strive to serve as a leader and to use my knowledge to advance the causes of the organizations.  When I attended the Georgia Capitol with the National Honor Society, I noticed how impressed our state's representatives were with their achievement.  Seeing this recognition has fueled my desire to become a member of the National Honor Society.
 I feel that I possess many important characteristics that will help me to be successful in life.  I am very dedicated to the activities that I participate in, including school, church, sports, and extracurricular activities.  Also, I care for others and lend a hand whenever I am able to do so.  Members of the National Honor Society exhibit these and many other qualities that present a strong influence on others.  By further nurturing my character, I will be able to influence people that I encounter in a more positive way.
          I believe that service to others can help to improve an individual's idea of what they are capable of achieving.  By helping another person, I feel better about myself, and I am excited that I am able to use my gifts to benefit someone else.  As an orthopedic surgeon, I hope to not only heal people of their injuries, but also to improve their quality of life.
        In conclusion, I feel that with hard work and dedication, I will be able to achieve the goals that I have set for myself through exemplary character, scholarship, leadership, and servitude.



  NHS—Writing Sample # 2

My goals can be classified into several categories.  Presently, my main long-term academic goal is to be accepted into a prestigious college with a respectable learning environment.  Looking even farther into the distance than that, I would like to become a political scientist.  I consider a couple of my greatest strengths to be my powers of observation and my creativity.  Both of these are essential in creating substantial political theories.  I feel very confident in the success of my GHP interview and debate, and I fully expect to be involved in the social studies area of the program this summer.  It is there that I intend to discover how to prepare mentally and academically for such an occupation.  
    However, I have many personal goals as well.   First, I have a determination to pursue excellence, and that does not apply strictly to academics.   I strive to do my very best in everything, that includes: writing papers; typing; playing music; playing soccer; "acing" tests, but more importantly, gaining an understanding of the actual information provided in the chapter. There is not a single activity that I am involved in that I do not give  one hundred percent.  Another very personal goal of mine is to become more like Christ everyday. The saying, "What Would Jesus Do?" is sometimes taken for granted. The more one becomes like Christ, the easier it is to accomplish goals by earning the respect of others around you.
            Most of my personal goals have been stated, all of them deal with pursuing excellence in many different fields.  I know that any and all of these goals can be accomplished with determination and strength of character. Life will throw a lot of obstacles in the path of one's goal; the simple trick is to push through them!  I know my own strengths and weaknesses, and use them to my advantage in the battle to achieve my goals.  I have discovered that I have strengths in observing, listening, understanding, patience, leading, and using my creativity. These are a few of my best characteristics among. They all coordinate together to make me who I am.  I can lead well because of my ability to understand others situations by using patience; I can also observe and evaluate other people's strengths and weaknesses (such as desire, willingness to work, etc.) well, keeping them in mind when making decisions.  I've found that, as Rudy Gilbert taught me, to be a good leader takes being a good servant.  No matter where you are as far as a position of power is concerned, you will always have to follow others.  Even if you're the president of the United States, there are still party leaders and contributors to which you owe your allegiance, as well as fellow leaders of other nations.   I understand the amount of studying that is necessary to get into a suitable college to fit my interests, and I believe that, if I can achieve superiority in so many separate spheres of interest in high school, I will retain those same strengths of character and develop them more throughout the rest of my life.



NHS—Writing Sample #3

    While growing up, I was always taught that I should put my best effort into everything I do.  I continue to use this philosophy today as a student, a leader, a citizen, and a friend.  Because of this, I have set high standards for myself in all areas of life.  I have established goals for my life that are centered on my scholarship, leadership, service and character.
The main goal I have set for my future to obtain a degree in radiation therapy.  I have become extremely interested in the medical field, especially the treatment of cancer.  To reach this goal I have enrolled myself in honors courses in preparation for the Post-Secondary Option (PSO) courses that I plan to take at SEHS.   In taking the PSO courses I plan to be able to complete nearly one semester of college courses by then end of my senior year.  I would like to attend Emory University because of the extensive medical courses and training that are offered at this college. 
    Through my extracurricular activities at SEHS, such as Marching Mustangs and FBLA, I have been able to work with a many different types of people.  As in any medical field, radiation therapy requires that I deal with a wide variety of people.  Radiation therapy allows the therapist to befriend a patient and at the same time to be able to have a professional relationship with patients.  Participating in these extracurricular activities has allowed me to acquire these essential skills by enabling me to establish relationships where I am required to respect authority, and in some cases be the authority figure, as well as be a friend when the time is appropriate.  My extracurricular activities are helping me further my communication, leadership, and people skills that will aid to my success in the medical field I have chosen. 
 I also plan to remain active in community services as I continue my education.  Through my involvement in FBLA this year I have become greatly interested in helping within the community and volunteering my abilities in order to help others.  From this I have derived my second goal of taking on a leadership role in organizing community projects.  For me, being a part of clubs such as FBLA and Beta club provide exposure to community service projects and provide me with the skills needed to reach my goal in this area.  I possess very good organizational and leadership skills that are being refined by my participation in these clubs and in my classes at SEHS.  I feel that these qualities will be beneficial to me in reaching my goal of staying active in the community.
    My third goal is to become a business partner or entrepreneur in later years.  My enrollment in an economics course and FBLA has exposed me to the business world this year.  I plan to further my business education by taking the business law course offered at SEHS during my senior year and to minor in business at Emory University.  As I continue to take an active roll in clubs at SEHS, I have made a decision to take on leadership roles in a number the extracurricular activities. The experience of being a leader in high school will challenge and expose me to being an authority figure and enhance my organizational skills.  I feel that my “take charge” personality will also contribute to my ability to achieve the goal of running a business.
    In conclusion, I have begun to prepare adequately for my future through my scholarship, leadership, service, and character at SEHS.  My goals will create a challenge for me.  Nonetheless, my goals are obtainable as long as I continue to strive for my personal best no matter what I do in life.



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