Mrs. Sharon Murray, an instructor at Lely High School, is the staff mentor for the Lely High School National Honor Society. Early in the school year, junior and senior students are selected for this nationally recognized Society based on their outstanding accomplishments in scholarship, leadership, citizenship and character. There is a formal Induction Ceremony in the fall for the selected students. Once inducted, the members are required to attend monthly meetings and participate in service projects and volunteer for different organizations for the betterment of our community.
To name a few events this year, the National Honor Society students helped pack food for hungry children (sponsored by the Marco Island Rotary), held two blood drives, a letter writing campaign to show support to our troops overseas and thank them for protecting our rights on a daily basis, and two car washes. Funds earned in the car wash events were donated to the American Cancer Society’s Relay For Life fundraiser. This weekend the students will be walking at the Naples “Relay For Life” event and raising more funds during the overnight event to donate to this great cause. The troops’ letter writing campaign resulted in the National Honor Society students receiving a United States flag which was flown at a base in Afghanistan in honor of Lely High School’s support of the troops. Besides this group’s joint service projects, many of the students also complete individual service projects this year, ranging from volunteering at their churches, nursing homes and local animal shelters. In June, the senior National Honor Society members will proudly wear their gold stoles as they walk down the aisle at graduation.
The car wash funds raised also defray costs for the annual Spring Top 100 Banquet. Each year, the top twenty-five academic students from each grade level, freshman, sophomore, junior and senior at Lely High School, are honored at the Top 100 Banquet. Each of the 100 students is awarded a certificate for their academic achievement from the National Honor Society. During the banquet, each student’s achievements – from academic, musical, sports, extracurricular to volunteer work – and future goals are announced. This year’s banquet was on Monday, April 11th at the Naples Hilton Hotel. It was amazing to hear all of the accomplishments and also the universities the seniors will be attending to pursue medicine, engineering, science, politics and teaching. This group of students is definitely our future scholars and leaders. Go Trojans!