Mabel-Canton National Honor Society members Emily Brumm and Justin Ward wait while Semcac employees dish up Meals on Wheels lunches at the Mabel EMS Building on Dec. 13. The students in National Honor Society take turns volunteering to deliver the meals one week a month in Mabel.  DAVID STOEGER/NEWS-RECORD
Mabel-Canton National Honor Society members Emily Brumm and Justin Ward wait while Semcac employees dish up Meals on Wheels lunches at the Mabel EMS Building on Dec. 13. The students in National Honor Society take turns volunteering to deliver the meals one week a month in Mabel. DAVID STOEGER/NEWS-RECORD
The new school year has brought new opportunities for National Honor Society (NHS) participants at Mabel-Canton High School. The program this year is being advised by Lana Hollar and Jessica Hahn-Miller. This year's NHS consists of six juniors and seniors, including Justin Ward, Emily Brumm, Belle Sand, Sara Lind, Kourtney Coyle and Abby Hanson.

For service projects this year, adviser Hahn-Miller reported they had a number of new opportunities, but settled on working to benefit the local Meals on Wheels program and the local nursing home.

"We put together a list of potential things they would like to do - but they really liked the idea (of Meals on Wheels and the nursing home) because they can connect with some of the same people they interact with - it just seemed like a good fit," Hahn-Miller said.

NHS students will distribute Meals on Wheels lunches in the Mabel area one week each month for the rest of the school year. Participants are also spending a few hours on Mondays doing miscellaneous service work at Green Lea Manor. Hahn-Miller said the students have been busy at the nursing home updating the residents' iPod's (which the nursing home received through a grant), providing manicures, teaching residents about computers and playing cards and board games with residents.

"The kids really wanted to do something in the community so they could see the good of it," Hahn-Miller added. "Service is certainly one of the components of NHS - along with grades and being outstanding citizens."

According to the national website, the NHS is the nation's premier organization established to recognize outstanding high school students. More than just an honor roll, NHS serves to honor those students who have demonstrated excellence in the areas of scholarship, leadership, service and character. It is estimated that more than one million students participate in NHS activities.

Chapter membership not only recognizes students for their accomplishments, but also challenges them to develop further through active involvement in school activities and community service.