The Best Schools Are Honor Society Schools

U.S. World News & Report recently released its annual list of the top 100 schools in the country. Of the leading 10 schools, all have National Honor Society chapters. The third school on the list, BASIS Oro Valley in Arizona, has chapters for all three programs—National Honor Society, National Junior Honor Society, and National Elementary Honor Society. Congratulations to all the schools that made the list!


A Season of Winners

The recipients of the 2018 NHS and NJHS Outstanding Achievement Awards, the 2018 NHS and NJHS Outstanding Service Project Awards, and the 2018 National Councils of Excellence Awards were announced this spring. To see the list of winners, get inspired by the service projects, and learn more about the award programs, visit the NHS, NJHS, and NatStuCo websites. Some of the winning projects are featured in this issue’s “Collaboration Space” (page 30). Check them out!



Check These Off Your List

It’s that time of year. Keep your affiliation with the national office current to continue supporting your students’ growth beyond the classroom. The primary adviser for your NHS or NJHS chapter or NatStuCo council can go online today to renew membership; the deadline is June 30.

And before you head into summer break, please complete the annual adviser survey. The data we collect from the responses is invaluable and helps us maintain the highest standards for our student programs. The last day to respond is also June 30. And when you submit the survey, you’ll get a discount code for 20 percent off everything in the online store!


Getting in the Spirit

The 10 national honorees in the 2018 Prudential Spirit of Community Awards program were named in late April at a special recognition event held in Washington, D.C. The program, sponsored by Prudential Financial and the National Association of Secondary School Principals, honors students in grades 5–12 who make meaningful contributions to their communities through volunteer service. Learn more about the incredible work these students do at


5 Tips for Transitioning to a New Adviser

Has the time come to pass the torch? Here are initial steps you can take to make the transition smooth:

  1. Notify the national office using the Adviser Change Form on the website.
  2. Update the officer and member contact lists.
  3. Plan a retreat or set a date for members to meet the incoming adviser.
  4. Review past goals and propose new ones.
  5. Create a “what’s next” list to be addressed at the start of the new school year.

And definitely let the new adviser know about the Adviser Online Community and Adviser Resource Center on the student programs’ websites. These are great resources to help plan for the upcoming school year and get advice from veteran advisers.


Dates to Remember


Kyker State Service Project Award winner(s) notified

Warren E. Shull NatStuCo Adviser of the Year winners announced at the National Student Council Conference

June 25–27: National Student Council Conference, Wayzata High School, Plymouth, MN

June 30: National affiliation renewals and adviser surveys due


July 1: Application process opens for the Outstanding Service Project Awards


August 1: Application process opens for the National Council of Excellence Awards