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BASIS Independent McLean Announces New National Honor and Junior Honor Societies
BASIS Independent McLean Announces New National Honor and Junior Honor Societies

BASIS Independent McLean (BIM) of McLean, Va. inducted 37 students into its newly minted chapters of the National Honor Society (NHS) and National Junior Honor Society (NJHS), with 10 NHS 10th and 11th grade members and 27 NJHS 6th grade to 9th grade members. Students must earn at least a 3.5 grade point average or a 90 percent cumulative average to be accepted into the NHS or NJHS societies. The NHS and NJHS chapter is led by BIM science teacher Ashley Bulldis. For more information on BASIS Independent McLean, go to http://mclean.basisindependent.com.

Selected by a BIM faculty council, these students have shown outstanding achievement in the qualities that NHS and NJHS respect and strive to maintain. In addition to excellent grades, these students exhibit an enthusiasm for academic achievement, demonstrate a desire to serve the school and the wider community, promote the principles of leadership and exemplify a commitment to the continued exploration and development of character. They also must complete community service hours throughout the school year.

“We’re very excited to have our own National Honor Society chapter now, and congratulate all the students who became members this past week,” said Ron Kim, BASIS Independent McLean head of school of McLean, Va. “Our NJHS and NHS students are committed to excellence inside and outside the classroom, and we’re thrilled that they now have this organization that can help them serve their community,” said Kim.

The NHS and NJHS ceremony featured five colored candles: white represents the eternal light of knowledge and is surrounded by blue; blue represents scholarship and a commitment to learning; purple represents service; red represents leadership; and yellow represents character. The Honorable Wallace “Wally” Covington, a judge for the 31st General District Court in Prince William County, Va. served as guest speaker, speaking about honor, integrity, and service. He encouraged students to continue to give back after high school.

Students and parents can learn more about BASIS Independent McLean (BIM) and attend a campus visit at three upcoming events. On Thurs., Apr. 5 at 5 PM, BIM will host a Student Perspective: Middle and High School, hear current middle and high school students share their stories about the school, their day, and the community. On Mon., Apr. 9 and Mon., Apr.16, both at 10:30 AM, attendees can get “An Inside Look” at BIM during a special campus tour that kicks off with coffee with BIM Head of School Ron Kim. Register at http://mclean.basisindependent.com or call 703-854-1253.

About the National Honor Society (NHS): The National Honor Society (NHS) is the nation's premier organization established to recognize outstanding high school students. More than just an honor roll, NHS serves to recognize those students who have demonstrated excellence in the areas of scholarship, service, leadership, and character. These characteristics have been associated with membership in the organization since its beginning in 1921. Today, it is estimated that more than one million students participate in NHS activities. NHS chapters are found in all 50 states, the District of Columbia, Puerto Rico, many U.S. territories, and Canada. Go to https://www.nhs.us.

ABOUT BASIS INDEPENDENT MCLEAN, VA: BASIS Independent McLean, a preschool through grade 12 private school founded in 2016, is part of the BASIS Curriculum Schools network, which is among the best in the world. The acclaimed BASIS Curriculum has cultivated excellent student outcomes every year since its founding in 1998, educating students at the highest international levels and preparing them to be participants, not spectators, in the 21st century global workforce of commerce and innovation. The network currently includes 31 schools: 24 public charter schools in Arizona, Texas, and Washington, D.C.; five independent schools in California, New York, and Virginia; and two international schools in Shenzhen and Guangzhou, China. For more information, please visit BASISIndependent.com or BASISed.com