ADHS NTHS helps students discover careers


Photos by Jose Garcia

The CTE showcase displaying various architectural displays. The NTHS club next year hopes to display new artifacts showing different CTE students’ interest in future careers.

NTHS (National Technical Honor Society) is an organization made up of more than 100,000 members and is a publicly recognized student organization nationwide. The ADHS chapter is guided by Kristen Worrell, Health Science teacher. Jorie Mills, Dhruvam Desai, Farah Shaikh, Jose Garcia, and Camryn Trapp were the club officers this school year. 

The goal of NTHS is to allow CTE students to join an honor society that is still reliant on having done at least three CTE classes and having a 3.0 GPA but also be less focused just on academics and help students find a love for their CTE pathways by doing hours that help students and teachers and might help them discover a career interest in their CTE courses. The seven pillars of NTHS are leadership, scholarship, skills, honesty, citizenship, service, and responsibility. NTHS is a club whose goal is that all members can take part in these seven pillars.

Food class display of nutritional facts of different food types. CTE classes such as foods provide students with the opportunity to gain information about nutrition and that will help them on a daily basis for the rest of their lives . (Photos by Jose Garcia)

Kristen Worrell has been an advisor of NTHS for over 6 years now.

The current goal for NTHS is to help gain more notoriety since the club has struggled to get the word out due to covid these last few years “membership fizzled out,” said Worrell. “CTE classes are fun classes because they are electives and help students prepare for a particular career,” said Worrell. 

New baby chicks in Animal Science Science Classroom. A few weeks ago the animal sciences class had new editions to their family, baby chicks. CTE classes generally include hands-on experience in all classes. Animal Science classes for example use various different animals to learn about different developmental stages of animals since various students join the class with future aspirations of becoming a veterinarian. (Photos by Jose Garcia)

Athens has various CTE courses ranging from health sciences to more stem-related careers. The club at the school has held the marker revival drive and is currently working on a CTE showcase which will contain artifacts from different students in their CTE-related career they plan on pursuing. 

The CTE showcase displays various architectural displays. The NTHS club next year hopes to display new artifacts showing different CTE students’ interests in future careers.
(Photos by Jose Garcia)

Worrell said she encourages CTE students to join NTHS since “it allows students to join a nationally recognized organization, it also allows service hour opportunities, and scholarships.” 

NTHS has awarded over 3 million dollars in scholarships since 2005. Farah Shaikh Co-Secretary for ADMHS NTHS said “honestly I joined because of how it was going to look at college applications and just wanted to branch out on my junior year.” Shaikh has also added that it has helped her gain leadership and collaboration skills over this school year. Vice President Dhruvam Desai said, “I joined NTHS  because of my interest in computer science and since it is specific toward CTE classes, it gave me more opportunities toward my career pathway.”

NTHS has an induction ceremony at the beginning of every school year specified for new junior inductees. The requirements for NTHS “are 3 CTE classes, 3.0 GPA or higher.” This year over 30 members were inducted and various chords were handed out to seniors who completed their hours. Some of these graduating members include Jorie Mills, Carly O’Toole, and Siri Mudunuri.

Future plans for the club include collaborating with various other clubs in their endeavors and the club hopes to take on more “community-led tasks,” said Worrell. “We have done charitable walks and plan to take up the campus clean-up and continue our holiday cards and book drive,” said Worrell. 

The club will continue next year and will be open to any upcoming CTE interested juniors “Our biggest goal is just to make a bigger footprint,” said Worrell.