After 8 years of inactivity, Parker High restores National Honor Society

High-achieving students at Parker High School in Birmingham will be inducted into the National Honor Society Thursday. The event is particularly special because this is the school's first induction after eight years of inactivity.

Dr. Monique Witherspoon, president of Girls Inc. of Central Alabama, will be guest speaker and Dr. Dannetta K. Thornton-Owens, former Board of Education member, will facilitate the ceremony.

National NHS spokesperson David Cordts says there are 501 NHS and NJHS (National Junior Honor Society) chapters in Alabama. There are more than 16,000 chapters nationwide, making it the largest student school-based organization in the country, with the exception of sports teams. Cordts says 98 percent of NHS students are successful in their first year of college.

According to the NHS's website, "chapter membership not only recognizes students for their accomplishments, but challenges them to develop further through active involvement in school activities and community service."

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