The most popular extracurricular activities at Old Mill include athletics, the National Honor Society (NHS), and the National Art Honor Society (NAHS). Naturally, athletics are popular as they are in most high schools; there seems to be extra school pride, however, at Old Mill in regards to athletics -- mostly everyone is involved in some type of way. The National Honor Society is possibly our most prestigious offering, thus students are inherently attracted to joining this club; luckily, its many members are willing to perform the rigorous work associated with this club. The National Art Honor Society is unconventionally popular at Old Mill; the NAHS staff advisor often likes to reference the large numbers of members it has carried in the past. Although it has dwindled down to about 60-70 members last year, the NAHS remains a club very sought after by a diverse group of students.
Personally, I would recommend the Junior Statesmen of America (JSA) and the National Art Honor Society (NAHS). These two extracurricular activities are very unlike, yet I feel all students could benefit from both. As aforementioned, the NAHS is a fairly popular club at Old Mill; this in no way influences its recommendation. Being a member of both NHS and NAHS, I am able to evaluate the two objectively; my personal preference lays with the NAHS. As an honor society, the NAHS is service-based; the service projects in this club have been traditionally unique and wide-reaching. Our staff advisor, officers, and members are able to provide a myriad of both local and global service opportunities; for example, in the past year, we held an art auction to benefit animal shelters. The service opportunities I have been presented with from this club have been both useful to those benefiting and fun to actually perform. NAHS seems to teach members how to volunteer and how to enjoy it! On the other hand, JSA is, succinctly, a debate club. However, it goes beyond the typical "high school debate club" -- one which would have remedial debates and a greater focus on winning. JSA is the complete antithesis of that; it espouses a message of political participation. Central to its aim is allowing students to express their opinions and involve themselves into the discussion of things that matter in the long run; it prepares students not only by provoking thought about "the real world", but also by practicing argumentative skills leading to mature, professional discussion.