- Porter Ridge High (hs)
New club focuses on Science
The Science National Honor Society is an academic-based club that focuses on advancing students' knowledge about classical and modern science. The club is focused on helping the school and community learn more about science and meets once a month. They also hold and participate in several events throughout the school year including Fall Fest, Earth Day Clean Up, and crime scene analysis learning activities. The sponsors of the club are Science teachers, Ashley Self and Michele Broadbent. The club officers are: President-Caroline Sierra Rey, Vice President-Mollie Fuller, Secretary-Kaylynn Harris, and Treasurer-Gina Marcell.
To join the National Science Honor Society students must be a junior or senior with a 3.0 overall GPA and 3.5 GPA in science classes. Applicants and members must take at least one honors or AP science class every year and must have good behavioral standing at school. Members must be present at four out of eight meetings and complete four community service hours per year. Members must also participate or contribute to at least two club events and dues for the club are $15 per year.
Last school year, the club completed one service project for Earth Day, an Earth Day school clean up. Members of the club walked around campus picking up garbage, cleaning up the landscape and beautifying the campus. Club Secretary Kaylynn Harris said, "Everyone was working towards the common goal of keeping our school and environment clean and safe."
This year the club participated in the StuCo sponsored Fall Fest in October and won first place for the best activities, which included a slime making station, Oobleck station, and a sensory station. The children at Fall Fest loved it! It was also fun for the members of the club who volunteered at the event.
The club also completed a series on Forensic Science, a branch of Science members were interested in learning about. While completing an activity at a meeting, members had to become detectives and solve a murder. A classroom was transformed into a crime scene where someone had been murdered. The detectives (members of the club) had to scan DNA QR codes found on items around the crime scene and match the DNA of the victim and the killer. Club Treasurer Gina Marcell said, “The forensic science crime scene activity was so much fun! It gave so much insight into what a CSI technician does every day and opened my eyes to a new job field that I'm interested in and enjoy!”
When asked about the club, Club Co-sponsor Ashley Self commented, “My favorite scientist, Marie Curie, once said ‘Be less curious about people, and more curious about ideas.’ The Science National Honors Society wants to encourage students and members of our community to tap into their natural curiosity about the world around us. It is a great way to be surrounded by like-minded individuals who want to learn!”
Club Co-sponsor Michele Broadbent also commented and quoted Sally Ride, “‘Science is fun. Science is curiosity. We all have natural curiosity. Science is a process of investigating. It's posing questions and coming up with a method. It's delving in.’ This quote from Sally Ride sums up what I believe we have tried to instill in our members so far this year in SNHS and I’m very excited to see how this club continues to grow throughout the years.”
The Science National Honor Society is looking forward to hosting a roller coaster building event, Earth Day Clean Up, and Science Trivia Night this year! The Science National Honor Society will open up applications for new members at the beginning of school next year in August/September of 2022. All students who are interested in learning more about science and meet the criteria mentioned above should watch for announcements about applications.
Written by Mollie Fuller-NSHS Vice President