Letter to NHS Selection Commitee, IIMarch 10, 1993
To The Faculty Committee for the Selection of National Honor Society Members:
As you will have noticed by reading his qualification form, much of Zak's leadership and service contributions exist in the global computer communications culture outside of the community of Arrowhead High School.
Although his work does not fit the framework established by the conventional examples given on the form, it is nonetheless highly valued by the people he leads and serves. This is demonstrated by the invitation he accepted to present his work to his peers at their conference in Toronto on March 12-14 this year. Please refer to the attached agenda for the conference and the list of the software packages he has provided to this extended community.
We believe that it is important that the high school staff be careful not to overlook capabilities in children that fall outside an easily defined, conventional model within the school setting. Dr. Box has stated that learning to accept and value individual differences is one of the goals for students at AHS. It follows that the staff must learn to accept and value unique individual contributions as well.
Your selection criteria as demonstrated by your choices sends a message to all the students about your values and the purpose of NHS. What is your message?