Ben de Toledo, a senior and member of the National Honor Society at New Community Jewish High School, has been named one of 53 state winners in the National Honor Society Scholarship from NASSP. Two hundred NHS Finalists were first chosen from among nearly 5,000 applicants. From the 200 finalists, 53 state winners were selected (including District of Columbia and Puerto Rico). Each state winner receives a $1,500 college scholarship.
“I am delighted that Ben de Toledo has been honored with the National Honor Society Scholarship award from NASSP. Throughout his 4 years at NCJHS, not only has de Toledo demonstrated a consistent serious commitment to his academics, he has taken to heart his responsibility to better the world. He is passionate about making a difference and does so in huge compelling ways. He exemplifies the ethical and moral values of our school and most important, how one should conduct oneself in the world. De Toledo exemplifies what our school calls, “A+ human being” – someone who masters both AP academics and AP kindness. He is a young man of character,” says Dr. Howard Mendelson, NCJHS National Honor Society Faculty Advisor.
Participating National Honor Society chapters from across the country nominated at least two senior members to compete in this year’s program. Finalists were selected on the basis of their leadership skills, participation in service organizations, clubs and other student groups at school and in the community; and their academic record. As a state winner, Ben de Toledo is recognized as one of the top 53 NHS members in the nation this school year.
“We are proud to recognize de Toledo for his outstanding achievements and contributions to his school.” said Ann Postlewaite, NASSP director of Student Programs. “Students nominated for the NHS Scholarship not only demonstrate academic excellence, but also extraordinary performance in service, leadership, and character – traits that are more important today than ever before. In recognizing leadership and involvement in student activities as well as strong academic performance, the NHS Scholarship acknowledges the importance of a well-rounded education.”
While at New Community Jewish High School, de Toledo has been senior class president, captain of the wrestling team, president of several student clubs, exceptional orator and public speaker representing the school at public events, student ambassador, and involved in school and community-based service projects. This fall he plans to attend to attend Columbia University / List College to study political science, economics, and modern Jewish Studies.
About the National Honor Society Scholarship
NHS Scholarships have been awarded by NASSP since 1946, providing more than $12 million in scholarships to outstanding NHS members. Now in its 68th year, the program annually awards $250,000 in scholarships. Only chapters with active affiliation are eligible to participate in the NHS Scholarship Program. Additional information about the program can be found at www.nhs.us/scholarships.
NASSP is the leading organization of and national voice for middle level and high school principals, assistant principals, and all school leaders from across the United States and more than 45 countries around the world. The association provides research-based professional development and resources, networking, and advocacy to build the capacity of middle level and high school leaders to continually improve student performance.
Reflecting its longstanding commitment to student leadership development, NASSP administers the National Honor Society, National Junior Honor Society, National Elementary Honor Society, and National Association of Student Councils. For more information about NASSP, located in Reston, VA, visit www.nassp.org.