Science National Honor Society Introduced



In addition to having a standard National Honor Society, the science department has worked to bring a science-specific National Honor Society at Marshfield.

High schools have been recognizing students’ academic achievements through National Honor Societies since the 1980s. Honor societies have been created to encourage students in specific areas such as mathematics, English and art. This year, science teachers Jonathan Hill and Chelsey Seedborg are working toward bringing a Science National Honor Society (SNHS) to the students at Marshfield.

“I’d like to have as many people who are eligible join. The more the better,” Hill said.

The mission of SNHS is to encourage scientific and intellectual thought. They want to increase students’ knowledge of classical science but also modern science. They wish to teach the advancements currently happening in the scientific community.

“We want to encourage students not only to learn more about science, but find ways to apply it in their own community,” Hill said.

In order to be admitted, students must meet a number of requirements. Anyone applying must currently be a junior or senior, have an overall grade point average of 3.0 and a science grade point average of 3.5. In addition, they must have taken at least two higher-level science classes.

The members of SNHS will have projects they do together in order to meet the community service requirement. The volunteer work is meant to encourage people to pursue science that will benefit humanity as a whole.

“We have a few ideas on projects we’d like to do, but ultimately it will be the group’s president who decides,” Hill said.

The leaders were elected by the members of the society and were announced at the induction ceremony on Wednesday, Dec. 10.

Senior Tyler Yeager was the sole candidate for presidency; similarly, junior Brett Wyatt was the only candidate for treasurer. The position of vice president is disputed between junior Isabel Groth and senior Helena Platt.

Groth said this group interested her because of her love for science, especially in the area of human anatomy.

“I want to be a surgeon when I grow up so I joined mostly because of that,” Groth said.

Hill said this new honor society will help students who have a passion for science and want to understand how things work.

“If you’re at all interested in science, this is the place for you,” Hill said.