Since our founding, we have taken pride in honoring more honor-worthy students than any organization in the world. With the most challenging honors criteria and the most diverse set of young scholars, we have changed the face, the meaning, and the expectations of an inclusive honors society.
NSHSS is more than just high school, more than college, and more than a career. NSHSS is a community of driven individuals who believe that enough is never enough. It is a network of over 1.7 million lifetime members from across the globe who believe in being the next agents of change and the next thought-leaders.
As we continue to recognize the most deserving, welcoming them into the NSHSS family, we know that honor is just the beginning. We know high-achieving scholars need more. That is why we strive to provide resources, tools, and a community of belonging to help our scholars collaborate, thrive and Be More.
According to UNESCO, an estimated 132 million school-age girls are out of school, and 15 million of those girls will never see the inside of a classroom. Education is a fundamental right that a multitude of girls across the globe are being denied, and can often be attributed to a girl's menstrual cycle. At Project 214, we firmly believe that a period should end a sentence and not a girl's education. By elevating and providing resources to girls in vulnerable circumstances, it increases their chances for a better future, provides them with opportunities, and boosts economic growth in the societies in which they live. Learn more at https://www.project214.net/
As malnutrition continues to decimate Asikuma, Ghana's community, Royal Promise has begun the fight to eradicate this disease; thus, attacking micronutrient deficiencies within all 40 orphans living at the center. The Royal Promise Mission Center has a Christian school that provides education to 400 students of Asikuma; feeding these children corroborates a more successful future for our world and prohibits positive communal growth. Learn more at https://www.royalpromise.org/
Three summers ago, the news was reporting that one-third of our honey bees had died in the past year. Some sources were saying that it was closer to 40%. As I considered these issues, I realized a solution might already live in my backyard. Mason bees are solitary, so they aren’t likely to sting, and raising them takes hardly any work. All you have to do is build a house for them. These amazing bees pollinate 95% of the flowers they visit, as opposed to the 5% honey bees pollinate. To share this knowledge with my community, I founded Build for Bees in 2018. My goal was to lead workshops to teach others how to build mason bee houses. Learn more at https://build4bees.com
My business solves a common problem; limited access to the information and resources needed to homeschool effectively in one place. My business uses databases, resources, and my own personal knowledge of homeschooling to help parents and students be their best. From one-on-one consulting to a personalized curriculum plan, my business has you covered. I want to improve the quality and effectiveness of homeschooling by giving families the information and curricula needed at an affordable price. Learn more at Canary Academy Online: canaryacademyonline.org
The Future is Fungi exploits the efficiency of a certain pink oyster mushroom in converting cellulose into glucose that can then be used to produce biofuels—a broadly overlooked source of sustainable fuel. An added benefit of my concept is that it provides organic produce for the community while also reusing and harnessing waste material to be used as raw material for biofuel production. I will use the grant money to cultivate more mushrooms, continue experiments to prove the most efficient pathways, and build a relationship with the Tennessee Department of Transportation to begin supplying ethanol to gas stations in Tennessee.
Water contamination remains a key challenge of modern civilization. We have been able to design an efficient, sustainable, and affordable filtration material for the rapid removal of these contaminants from water. Integrating engineering with environmental chemistry, a filter capitalizing on biochar properties can be created for worldwide distribution at a cost of fewer than twenty cents per month for use in homes, rural, urban and industrial settings, agriculture, and aquatic ecosystems. Learn more at https://aquauniversa.webnode.com/
I wanted to make a difference in the lives of children and fill a need within the foster community. Founding Feeding the Fosters Inc Nonprofit discovered a need that I didn’t realize was so prevalent; Foster families need help from the community. In a little over a year, 1500+ volunteers signed up to serve 35+ foster families, cooking 250+ individual meals each night. Our mission helps the licensed foster homes to continue accepting children, knowing the community will be there to support them. Learn more at www.feedingthefostersinc.com
The ongoing COVID-19 pandemic has initiated a global race for the development of a vaccine against the SARS-CoV-2 virus. While several vaccine candidates have entered late stage clinical trials in record time, this process is likely to span several years before they can reach phase 2 and 3 clinical trials. This step can be greatly sped up through the recent development of machine learning algorithms that can predict potential epitopes in-silico and thus save countless hours of time traditionally required for the identification of neutralizing epitopes. My research will result in a drastic reduction in time spent in pre-clinical vaccine development.
GREEN HOPE PROJECT is a nonprofit that began in 2019 born out of the desire to continue with, and improve upon, what It's Your World Project began in 2015. It’s Your World Project is a high school art/environmental group in El Paso, Texas. Our focuses include environmentalism, the Arts, and education. We believe that we can make a positive change by uniting in our efforts, identifying environmental problems, and changing our collective culture through the Arts and education. The more we offer people experiences, the more they become enlightened and empowered to be the change we need. What better way to do this than through the Arts? Learn more at https://www.greenhopeproject.org
Australia has been in a constant battle with mental health due to a lack of accessible and affordable services in the preventative space. We’ve become over-reliant on medication and the Royal Commission has even revealed that patients are turned away due to “not being sick or suicidal enough”. Linkmate is an app that connects you with a peer who has lived similar challenges as you for real-time, empathetic support. They listen, validate your struggles and can inspire you to access additional sources of social support in your local community (e.g. financial assistance or a book club). Learn more at https://linkmate.com.au/
Our members are doing amazing things to promote world betterment, and we are committed to sharing their stories and supporting their work. NSHSS is excited to announce a new $100,000 Be More Fund to reward individuals who have started nonprofits or are pursuing innovative passion projects that will make the world a better, more equitable place.
NSHSS is excited to announce its new Career Center for members!
Whether looking for an internship, a new job, or simply to get help preparing for a job search, the NSHSS Career Center provides you assistance.
With over 1,000 jobs and internships, materials to help you prepare for job interviews, a career coach, and more, you are bound to find something to set you on a path to success!
The NSHSS Pillars guide and focus our mission to providing members with the best possible resources for success. Established by our Co-Founder, Claes Nobel and the 7 Rights as well as influenced by our own members, the following principles encompass the future of our organization and how we plan to Be More to create a world of possibilities.
How to Be More--Advice from Claes Nobel, NSHSS Co-founder
Take comfort in some advice from Claes Nobel, grand nephew of Alfred Nobel who established the Nobel Prizes, which are recognized worldwide as the most prestigious awards available in the fields of literature, medicine, physics, chemistry, economics and activism for peace. Claes Nobel emphasized the importance of setting goals and working diligently to achieve them.
Using Artificial Intelligence, Neeyanth Created a cost-effective, early diagnosis system for Parkinson’s Disease with more than a 96% accuracy rating. The system, PDGAN, is patent pending and talks are being held with the Michael J. Fox Foundation to get clinical testing done for the system.
Founded Elevated Places Dance Xpressions which seeks to provide "a way to help youth to express their emotions and feelings through dance."
Founded the technology literacy initiative LIFT, focused on recycling and refurbishing electronics to provide to communities in need. Has recycled over 13,000 pounds of electronics and provided hundreds of computers, e-readers, and tablets to under-served communities.
Organized a wellness event called Failure Friday, which included a panel of successful individuals from the Yale community such as William Nordhaus, 2018 Nobel Laureate, and Marvin Chun, Dean of Yale University. Panelists shared their experiences with failure to spread the message that it is universal, but important to overcome in order to unlock one's full potential.
Recently won the "Miss Academic" award at the Miss Washington Teen USA 2020 Pageant.
Founded the South Bay Food Initiative which has served over 100,000 people in need, donated over 2 tons of food to food banks and pantries in the last year, and educated tens of thousands of people about the issues of hunger and waste.
Named the 2020 American Red Cross Hawaii Youth Hero, Kylie has helped children prepare in times of emergencies since 2017.
Bravely shares her experiences fleeing from Syria to motivate other children in similar situations; Founded World Media Club to educate and raise money for world betterment organizations like UNICEF.
Currently at Stanford University, DeGreer is majoring in Materials Science and Engineering. During high school, he had the opportunity to conduct research in a materials science and engineering lab at the Georgia Institute of Technology. Because of this, he has been inspired to work with nanotechnology & bio-materials to prevent the onset of neuro-degenerative illnesses.
As president and CEO of a 501c3 non-profit charity, Wild Over Wildlife, Derek raises awareness about wildlife and has organized ongoing community service projects, such as our mangrove restoration. Current campaigns include putting an end to shark finning and transitioning from plastic to reusable shopping bags.
As a volunteer for the Americana Community Center in Louisville, KY, Elise served as an academic tutor for many immigrant children who attended the after-school care program. For three hours a week for over 104 weeks, she dedicated her time to these children in hopes of creating an easier transition to the United States System of Education.
Adonis was accepted as a UGA Agriculture Young Scholar for two consecutive years where he was able to assist with doctoral-level research. He then utilized his laboratory research experience for an opportunity to qualify for the FFA Agricultural Proficiency Awards. As a result, he placed first in the 2019 and 2020 Georgia FFA North region and third in the 2019 State of Georgia for Agriculture Research - Animal Systems.
Cyber-bullied in high school, Karagan uses her knowledge and experiences to reform laws and bring about change. As a David’s Legacy Foundation student ambassador, she speaks at public events, PTA meetings, school assemblies, and Girl Scout events to raise awareness of cyber-bullying and David’s Law, which protects cyber-bullying victims.