All four of the National Honor Society’s values are deeply rooted in every aspect of my life. I try to live my life to the fullest, while also being a kind and gracious person, keeping up with my grades, and learning about the world I exist in. The four values, scholarship, character, service and leadership, help guide me in everything I do. Scholarship is a value that can sometimes be very difficult for some people to focus on because they don’t see any merit in their studies, but this is not the case for me. I recognize that it is essential for me to learn as much as I can while I am school, as that will prepare me for life in college and beyond. I currently have a 4.0 GPA and plan to keep that for my entire career here at Danville High School, possibly getting valedictorian if I take all the boost classes that I can. I greatly enjoy learning about how the world works in science, math, and an engineering class that I take in New London. However, I also feel that history and English classes are critical to the success of our country. Without these classes, society would either repeat mistakes that others have made before them, or we wouldn’t be able to get our ideas across and participate in the democratic process. Both of which would be disastrous. All in all, I do my best in school to master every skill that is given to me, so that I may be a crucial citizen in tomorrow’s society. The next value is one that I have been taught so many times, that it has been ingrained in almost every word, action, and thought in my life. The idea of character has been preached to me since I was just a little boy. I do my very best to be courteous in my daily routine and helpful to anybody that needs it. I attempt to do what I believe is right in any given situation even if nobody is watching. I think one of the best examples of my character is in my social life. If anybody is ever being mean or disrespectful to any single person or group of people, whomever they may be, I do my best to stick up for the victim and show the attacker why they shouldn’t do that. I have taken on the challenge of being a role model through my actions, rather than my words. I believe that this is the best way to get people to listen to you and make them think about what is right and wrong. Overall, character is probably one of my most vital values. Serving the community is an ideal that I think I could do better at. I volunteer for 4-H, Boy Scouts, and sometimes with the school, but I would like to do more. It is my duty as a citizen to improve the United States by volunteering whenever I can, and I feel that so far I have fulfilled this. I have done service projects and helped raise money for charities. This is important to me because when I get older, and I can’t do exactly what I want to do, I want the younger generation to help me out and make the world better, just as I did. This entire ideal is all about making where we live a better place to endure the challenges of life. Anyway that anybody can improve society is always helpful. In the long run, every bit of of service promotes the idea of supporting others, and we should always do what we can to enhance this crazy place we live in. The fourth and final ideal of leadership is imperative to my future, as I plan to be an engineer. I will have to manage a team to get certain tasks done and generally improve humanity, as engineers are trained to do. Having the power to influence people to do the right thing and make themselves better is an outstanding attribute when trying to lead and I believe I am a fine instructor. Being a leader is just as important as having character because nobody is going to notice your kindness and helpfulness if you don’t guide them in the right direction. People will brush past you if you sit idly on the sidelines and do nothing. That is why I believe leadership is so important. My schooling has helped me more clearly understand all four values, but the one that most sticks out to me is leadership. The education system has shown me that I can’t just watch by the wayside hoping other people get things done. I have to figure out what I want to do and find the the drive to do it myself because no one else is going to do it for me. Also, I have realized that as a leader, it’s important to know that it’s quite alright to ask for help. The best leaders can’t do everything by themselves, but they have the resources to figure out what they need to do. I feel that I have acquired an exceptional understanding of this, therefore forging me into a better leader. To conclude, I hold the four principle ideals of the National Honor Society very close to my heart and try my hardest to abide by them in my everyday life. I know that there are areas where I need to improve, and as I get older I will continue to refine and attain a deeper understanding of these values to enhance myself. I believe that I have every quality required by NHS and should be considered for induction into this prestigious group of young men and women.