Happy spring! As you read this column, you will note a new name among the authors of this letter. Please welcome our new director of the National Honor Societies, Ms. Nara Lee, who joined the NASSP national office in January. 

Her career includes work with District of Columbia Public Schools and the Jack Kent Cooke Foundation. She most recently served as director of member engagement for the Coalition for Access, Affordability, and Success—an organization that represents more than 130 colleges and universities with selective admissions. Ms. Lee is a first-generation college student who grew up in Baltimore, MD. Her connection with the National Honor Societies goes back a few years-she was nominated by her seventh-grade algebra teacher to join NJHS and was later inducted into her high school’s chapter of NHS. Those who attended the LEAD Conference in Chicago had an opportunity to hear the fond memories of her Honor Society days she shared with attendees.

We hope you are joining us in celebrating and recognizing the student leaders on your campus during the month of April, and especially during National Student Leadership Week (NSLW), April 15–21. Remember, we have a contest tied to this year’s NSLW theme, “Make Your Mark on the World: Dream. Lead. Serve.” We look forward to learning about your pitch for a “dream” service project. Post it to social media with #OurDream18, notify us of your entry by visiting www.tinyurl.com/ourdream18, and we may help fund that project to make it a reality! 

Nara Lee
Director of National Honor Societies

Ann Postlewaite
Director of Student Programs