The National Association of Secondary School Principals (NASSP), parent organization of National Honor Society, awarded senior Katie Hurwitz with the NHS semifinalist scholarship worth $3,200.
Hurwitz is one of six students across Massachusetts who received the same scholarship and one out of 600 students globally who won awards in general. No other Walpole High School student has ever been recognized for the semifinalist scholarship.
“Katie has been a reliable and dedicated member of the National Honor Society since her induction last year. She attends meetings, tutors in the peer tutoring lab and participates in other NHS-sponsored activities,” Walpole High School’s NHS adviser Laura Kay said.
The application given by the NASSP for NHS regional and national scholarships asked candidates to show how they have embodied the four pillars of NHS: scholarship, service, leadership and character. Students were asked to elaborate on any experience in community service, community involvement, academics, extracurriculars and any leadership roles they have held.
Hurwitz plays the cello alongside another member of the youth ensemble at St. Timothy's Parish.
Hurwitz was inducted into NHS last May and has taken involvement in many community service opportunities since her induction. For her NHS senior service project, Hurwitz held the Music For Food event in November at Red Cherry Cafe, a small independent business in Walpole. Students in grades eight through 12 were invited to perform their music at the concert. Those who attended were asked to bring a canned food item that would later be donated to local food pantries. The event raised $435 and collected 40 non-perishable food items to contribute to the Walpole Food Pantry.