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Miranda Romero, a senior at Las Cruces High School, was recently selected as a National Honor Society Scholarship semifinalist – one of more than 10,000 students nationwide who applied. Overall, 575 semifinalists were chosen, including Romero, to receive a $3,200 scholarship for college.
Jan Gallegos, co- sponsor of the NHS chapter at LCHS, said Romero is a student who takes pride in herself and in her school.
“As a teacher as well as a club sponsor, I hold students like Miranda in high regard,” said Gallegos. “Students in high school have many difficult demands placed upon them, including the rigor of their classes and the time invested in extracurricular activities. Students like Miranda work very hard to do well, complete homework and then have other responsibilities placed upon them. Miranda has made a name for herself in our school and community through volunteering and being a part of many clubs and groups. People take notice of Miranda’s attitude, smile and willingness to help and I have received many compliments on her behalf. The demands of the sports and her leadership in clubs are very high, but she has managed her time beautifully. I really admire Miranda’s attitude and commitment to all she has achieved and dedicated herself to.”
At LCHS, Romero has been a member of NHS for three years, completing many hours of community service and holding office as Secretary. In addition to NHS, she also holds offices in student government and the Best Buddies Club. In 2019, she was selected as part of the competitive Mayor’s Top Teens program and the Hugh O'Brian Youth Leadership program. Both programs require countless hours of helping the organization as well as performing many charitable acts. This fall, she will attend New Mexico State University to study Broadcast Journalism and Communication Studies.
Since 1946, more than $19 million in scholarships have been awarded to outstanding NHS senior members to support college access and student success. The scholarship program is supported by the parent organization of NHS, the National Association of Secondary School Principals (NASSP).
In the 100 years since NHS was founded, members have been making a difference in their schools and communities, and the NHS Scholarship is NASSP’s way of recognizing the most exceptional of these student leaders. Recipients are chosen based on their demonstrated work to support the four pillars of NHS: scholarship, service, leadership, and character.
For more information about the NHS, the scholarship, and the 2021 recipients, visit www.nhs.us.