For more information contact:

Ms. Gabriella Starita

National Honor Society

Mission Statement

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, leadership, service, and character. These characteristics have been associated with membership in the organization since its beginning in 1921.

JFK National Honor Society group photo 2016
"Efforts and courage are not enough without purpose and direction.”
—John F. Kennedy, 1960

Our Sponsor

Ms. Gabriella Starita is the sponsor of John F. Kennedy’s National Honors Society. She has been actively running NHS for five years and provides Kennedy students with opportunities for leadership roles to help them advance their community as well as build good character within themselves.

4 Pillars of the National Honor Society

  • Leadership
  • Character
  • Service
  • Academics/Scholarship

Requirements to Apply for for Membership

  • Scholarship: Per national guidelines, at a minimum, students must have a cumulative GPA of 3.40.
  • Service: This involves voluntary contributions made by a student to the school or community, done without compensation.
  • Leadership: Student leaders are those who are resourceful, good problem solvers, and idea contributors. Leadership experiences can be drawn from school or community activities while working with or for others.
  • Character: The student of good character is cooperative; demonstrates high standards of honesty and reliability; shows courtesy, concern, and respect for others; and generally maintains a clean disciplinary record.

Requirements to Maintain Membership

  • Minimum quarterly GPA is 3.40
  • 30 service hours during the school year in representation of NHS (over and above MCPS-required SSL hours for graduation)
  • Attend monthly meetings and committee meetings
  • Demonstrate the 4 pillars in all areas

2018-19 Board and Committees

Executive Board:
President: Rony Garcia-Vivas
Vice President: Kelsey Folley
Secretary: De'Andra Bailey
Treasurer: Lulit Shewangizaw
Historian: Adriana Quinonez

Congratulations to the 2018-19 National Honor Society Members!

Eilem Aguilar     Ruth Amde     Jennalyn Arcilla
Bryan Argueta     Sophia Andrea Averion     Hewan Ayele
Peyton Baggett     De'Andra Bailey     Truman Becker
Jose Belloso Escobar     Nathalia Bonfim Neves Da Silva     Julia Bravo
Anna Brobbey-Mensah     Julia Brotman     Camryn Carnegie-McCloud
Faith Cooper     Kuds Desta     Elaine Fekadu
Yanelee Felicien     Ayantu Feyissa     Brook Fikre
Kelsey Folley     Vanessa Garcia     Rony Garcia-Vivas
Eber Guzman-Cruz     Bereket Hailu     Henry Haley Goldman
Deajah Harris     Meher Hemnani     Christopher Herrera
Fatmata Jalloh     Ceilidh Kern     Bersabeh Kifle
Frank Lapa Bonifacio     Riley Littleton     Olivia Miller
Jaylah Moore-Ross     Caroline Narvaez     Harold Oceda
Xuleyka Ogiata     Samrat Pathak     Adriana Quinonez Solano
Daphne Ranti     KC Nicole Reyes     Tatiana Rubio
Lulit Shewangizaw     Safiya Suliman     Feven Tadesse
Awad Tambal     Danica Tchmalogne     Ashley Vargas-Arandia
Natalie Vasconez     Daniela Velasco     Jana Mariah Villaviza
Alan Zhang        

JFK NHS double group photos stacked

Calendar of Upcoming Events

Social Networking

Instagram: @JFKNHS
Twitter: @JFKNHS