Advisor: Kalyn Haafke
Any student in 10th-12th grade may be eligible to apply. Students who are interested in joining NHS will be notified during the spring if they meet the required 3.6 cumulative GPA requirement. Students who meet this GPA requirement will be invited to a meeting where they will be informed about NHS, the expectations for membership, current and past events, and the selection process. They will be given a paper copy or emailed a Candidate Form (whichever is their preference). The Candidate Form must be returned by the designated due date. Students will be selected based on the remaining criteria that NHS is founded upon: leadership, character, and service.
The selection of membership shall by majority vote of the Faculty Council which consists of 5 faculty members appointed by the principal. The chapter advisor will be the sixth, non-voting member. Those that are selected will then be notified, but will not become official members until their induction ceremony in the fall. Those that are not selected will be notified individually. Those that are not selected are eligible and encouraged to apply again the following spring.
Click here to view a list of Current Members and Alumni.
We believe that all of our members are leaders. As one past member said, “you don’t need a label, to be a leader.”
President: Alyx Schmitz
Leadership Vice President: Ashley Brandriet
Philanthropy Vice President: Marissa Diggs
Vice President Elect: Bailey Skjefte
Many NHS students were awarded for this prestigious recognition with a ceremony and reception. Brittany Roney was selected as the only student in ND who would advance to the national competition. Some of our NHS students also attended in the ACT College and Career Readiness Awards at the North Dakota Capital.
State National Honor Society
Allie Hill, a junior at the time, was elected the Class B Representative during the 2014 State NHS Conference. In 2016, Alyx Schmitz, a junior at that time, was elected the Class B Representative during the 2016 State NHS Conference. Oakes High School prides itself on having a member campaign for the elected position each year. It takes the entire group to help them “campaign” during opening day. For the past few years, we have participated in a State Service Project while at State NHS. We have made tie-blankets for the ND Vet’s Home the past few years. Here are a few snap shots:
Service to Others
The Oakes Chapter of NHS is very proud to provide service to our community, school, and people around the world. In 2014, we won the “State Service Project of the Year” Award for the work we did for Project Linus, a non-profit that provides quality tie-blankets to police, fire departments, and social services. We connected them to Dickey County, so that all of our emergency response services will have access to these quality quilts. We even got to have the main organizer teach us the tricks of the trade for making quilts quickly and polished out 20 in an hour.
In 2016, we tied for “State Service Project of the Year” for being the first school to be certified as the a kind school in the “Great Kindness Challenge.” One member hand wrote personalized inspirational messages on post it notes for each locker. We also had a bulletin board in the hallway where students left positive notes for one another. Lastly, we raised money through various methods: We baked nearly a dozen bars and cookies, made a cozy blanket, and our advisor chipped in her Christmas money and surprised Kaylee Lukinbill, a 2015 graduate who had just been diagnosed with brain cancer.
Ice Bucket Challenge Surprise
On a chilly fall football night, we shocked our contestants into thinking they were getting doused with ice water but instead got a bucket of shredded paper. The spoof raised nearly $200 for the Tornado Watch and Oakes Food Pantry.
Our members have helped pack the food bags most weeks, take inventory, stack shelves, and whatever else has been needed since the program started in 2013. When they started the Closet Exchange program in 2015, the NHS students provided gently used clothing or athletic apparel and donated time to folding and stacking clothing.
Oakes Food Pantry
Every year, we are on call to complete orders for two months of year. We are the only school-based student organization who does this.
North Dakota Veteran’s Home
We collected wish list items our veterans would like such as clocks, batteries, stamps, and puzzles. First Community Credit Union jumped on board with a donation of $100 from a recent chili cook-off. Since none of our members had been to the ND Vet’s Home, we traveled there to meet their residents and tour the facility. The students were so impressed with how the home was laid out and the amount of activities. We played “minute to win it” games with the residents and shared many belly laughs with them. We are eager to return for a re-match.
Make-A-Wish sponsored by Macy’s
The Make-a-Wish program is a charity that brings hope and moments of joy to children with life-threatening medical conditions. Each letter we collect, Macy’s donates $1 to Make-a-Wish. In 2015, we raised nearly $1300 and in 2016, we raised nearly $800. In North Dakota, 19 wishes have been granted in 2016 and since 2011, over 600 wishes have been granted in our state alone.
In 2014, students made handmade cards and wrote personalized messages to veterans wounded or living with PTSD through the Operation Gratitude Program. We were also inspired to send notes of encouragement to families and students in our state because we saw how uplifting messages brought hope to one of our members that year who was facing cancer. We did an extensive search, combing news articles and obituaries, and handwrote messages to nearly 20 families across the state who had lost a child due to an accident or medical condition. This was also the year of the Larimore bus accident. We got special permission from their school to send letters to their families as well.